Experience at the
Oprah Heroes/Favorite Things Show
By Tracey Stevens
I was nominated to be
on the Oprah Heroes Show
I was very shocked when Sharvonne from Harpo Entertainment called
on November 8! She told me that The Oprah Winfrey Show had received
more nominations for me to be on the Heroes Show than anyone else,
and that they were inviting me to be at the taping in Chicago
on November 16th. Seems these nominations were all coming from
our Coming Out Support
I had no idea this was going on until a member from South Dakota
called me and asked if I'd had any unusual phone calls on Sunday.
She would never say anything besides someone from the Oprah Show
had called her. Of course I knew something was up, but I sure
didn't know what until Oprah's booking assistant, Sharvonne, called
me on Monday evening. Sharvonne told me that I had more nominations
than any other hero ever, and that they really wanted me to come
to the show because of the community service my company does especially
for women coming out worldwide--really sweet of them to do this.
I was very excited to be able to be nominated for the Heroes Show,
as I really have a lot of respect for the work that Oprah does.
I grew up in a very abusive home, and I was disowned and kicked
out at age 17 because of who I am. Instead of allowing this negativity
to get me down, I turned it around and allowed it to give me strength
to write books for women who are coming out, many times completely
alone, and to start the support group to help women from all over
Our Coming Out Support
Group has been online since Nov. 5, 2003, and during that
time we have helped over 4,000 gay, bisexual and questioning women
who are coming out. At this time we over 975 members; some who
live in countries where being a gay or bisexual woman is an automatic
10 year prison sentence. We also have members who live in countries
where if their true sexual orientations were known, they would
be publicly executed! Our support group provides a safe space
for all women to be who they are, no matter who they may be.
Oprah truly is like a mentor to me as far as how someone can rise
above negative things, and still do her part to help those who
are in need. Many thanks to the Coming Out Support Group members
who nominated me, and also thanks to Oprah and her staff for the
invitation; I was honored to be at a taping of one of her shows!
How To Be A
Happy Lesbian: A Coming Out Guide
Coming Out Advice for
Lesbian and Bisexual Women"
for Lesbian and Bisexual Women"
the next chapter on what happened
at the Oprah Winfrey Show
Click the Following Link:
of Coming Out Support Books for Women
Nominated for The Oprah Heroes Show