episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show will
feature University of California, Los Angeles, lesbian
freshman Amanda Jessen and her mother, Kimberly, on a
show titled "When I Knew I Was Gay." Jessen is a Point
Foundation scholar. The group provides financial
support and mentoring to LGBT students who are
marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Jessen was born and raised in Orange County,
Calif., and after coming out to her mother, she
was removed from the home that she had known for her
entire life. The core of her senior year consisted of
nomadic conditions, moving from her mother's to her
grandmother's and finally settling in with her father.
Amanda has maintained a cumulative GPA of 4.12
while lettering in softball. As an out lesbian
senior at her high school, Amanda worked to further
gay rights and other progressive causes by helping solidify
the first gay-straight alliance since her high school
disbanded the group three years ago.
Check local listings for showtimes.