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Crossing Gender Roles In todays society girls are raised on dolls and dress-up while boys learn to fight and play sports People who play out the opposite gender roles are occasionally encountered but it is generally hard for them to be accepted As time has progressed people have been able to accept others differences more so then they were accepted 10 years ago But those who portray opposite gender roles still have a long hard road in front of them until they are ever fully accepted At this time people are able to accept public figures that cross gender roles if they are doing it just for a movie or if that is who they are Famous people such as KD Lang David Bowie Hillary Swank and RuPaul are just a few who have experienced hardships in trying to succeed and still be themselves Another such actress is Ellen DeGeneres who also faced these hard times She took it into her own hands to announce to the world on national television that she is a lesbian She is still involved with movies and television shows while she proves that it is okay to be gay At first Ellen risked a lot to come out of the closet but today she is still gaining Ellen has helped make acceptance of the gay community easier and is still helping to change the ideal gender roles She has had a giant role in opening up doors for other gays and lesbians and today more and more television series cast gay actors From the time when her show Ellen debuted in 1994 a common question was asked is she or isnt she People were referring to if Ellen was lesbian or not Viewers of the show wondered if she was a lesbian because of her manly attitude and her clothing attire She usually wears mens suits and casual wear and never wears dresses Still today a
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