Ellen delivered a shining message of self-acceptance, and she couldn't have picked a better venue.

One day in a not-so-distant future, the words "Ellen" and "awards show" may be pretty much synonymous.

I mean, she's taken home 27 Emmy Awards, been nominated for a handful of Golden Globe Awards, been nominated for couple of Grammys, and cleaned up at the People's Choice Awards. Once you add in the fact that she's hosted the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars, you've got Ellen DeGeneres — awards show titan.


Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi, at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

On Sunday night, she took home the award for Choice Comedian at the annual Teen Choice Awards.

For the fifth (yes, fifth) time, she came out on top in the voting, beating out the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez, and Amy Schumer.

GIFs via Teen Choice Awards 2015.

What makes this win special? Two things: It's her and Portia's anniversary (congrats, you two!), and the speech she delivered was just so touching.

Ellen's speech centered on what it's like being different and why we should all be proud of who we are.

It's hard being different, especially when you're younger. Being different — or even just perceived as being different — can lead to some really nasty bullying.

The Teen Choice Awards show was the perfect place for Ellen to share this message.

Since coming out as lesbian in a 1997 episode of her ABC sitcom "Ellen," she's been a very public LGBT figure. At the time, coming out was a huge deal, and she faced some major backlash over it. While things can still be tough for LGBT adults, it's especially hard to be an LGBT teen struggling to come out.

Nearly 85% of LGBT students experience verbal bullying.

In 2009, GLSEN released the results of a survey of 7,261 students between the ages of 13 and 21. In addition to finding that nearly 85% of LGBT students were verbally bullied, they learned that 40% were physically harassed and 19% were assaulted at school because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

For these teens, it can be hard to see being different as anything but a curse. That's why hearing this message from someone who has overcome these same challenges to become one of the country's most beloved TV personalities is inspiring — and maybe even life-saving.


Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Watch Ellen's powerful, inspiring speech below.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.