Chris and Joe in 2006
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In 2006, Chris, a wife and mother of two boys, explained how she came to realize she was gay. Her husband, Joe, told Oprah he supported Chris's exploration of her sexuality...then dropped his own bombshell. "One of the main reasons I believe that I supported Christine through her coming out is because I myself was gay," he said.

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Chris and Joe's sons Alex and Miles, who were 14 and 12 at the time, said the hardest thing about having two gay parents was weathering bullying comments at school. "I just want people to know that don't be afraid to be yourself," Alex said. "Don't feel like you have to keep everything a secret and, like, locked up. Don't be afraid to show your emotions."
FROM: "Coming Out" on The Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests
Published on January 25, 2011

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