First I want to thank everyone who has shown me so much love since the first episode aired last week. I was concerned about appearing weak that the incredible support I have received has just been amazing. Thank you. Many people have commented on my ambition and strength. I credit my grandfather for most of that. He was a huge influence in my life. I came from a single-parent home so I lived with my grandparents some of the time. His personality and the things that he gave me are the best parts of me now. The rest is just me, trying to find my way in a small town atmosphere that was extremely narrow-minded. Being a gay woman, and knowing that from a very early age, has a lot to do with my inner strength. This is why I think gay men and women maneuver well in society. If we can get over the hurdles, who better to turn opinion around? From a very young age, I was a people watcher and I learned how to make people see my side of things.
Once, when I was traveling in Mexico, I met a woman with her family, a husband and kids, and she was in tears. I stopped and asked her: "What exactly is it about me that makes you feel this way?" She said, "I took a different path in life than you. I admire you so much because I feel if I changed directions -- made different choices -- I could have been you." That is key because a lot of these women chose wonderful paths -- to be wives and mothers -- and so the fact that they can imagine doing something else by watching me, well, that is very gratifying.