Neil Patrick Harris, Laverne Cox, Jonathan Groff and Evan Rachel Wood are just a few of the LGBTQ stars to thank the former president for his administration’s acknowledgement of the queer community in a video segment that will air on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday. Allies like Debra Messing, Macklemore and Drew Barrymore get in on the fun, too, tipping their hat to the outgoing president’s administration for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” supporting marriage equality and other pro-LGBTQ efforts.
“You presided over a period of time that turned out to be, in many ways, one of the most positive periods of time ever in the lives of gay Americans,” Jim Parsons says in the clip, which can be viewed above. Wood, who is bisexual, echoed those sentiments, thanking Obama for “changing the way that people thought about us, and honestly, the way I thought about myself.”
Keep those tissues handy.