Ellen DeGeneres Kicks Off 10th Season with Gay Student and Auto Shop Owner Who Fixed His Vandalized Car
On the season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen welcomed openly gay college student Jordan Addison of Roanoke, Virginia, whose car was vandalized with anti-gay graffiti four times between March and May of this year, and auto repair shop owner Richard Henegar Jr. After hearing about the vandalism and that Jordan could not afford repairs with a student’s budget, Richard offered to fix the car free of charge, putting $10,000 worth of work behind his act of kindness. The story garnered local media attention and supportive responses from around the nation. After talking to Jordan and Richard about their story, Ellen surprised the two guests by announcing that Cover Girl would be giving each of them a check for $25,000.
Jordan told Ellen, “Knowing that it’s not safe for me to park my car because of my sexual orientation – it’s awful. It makes me not even want to leave my house.” Speaking about the repairs Richard did to the car, Jordan said, “It blew my mind. It’s above and beyond everything I could have imagined, and for somebody to do something this great for someone they’ve never even met before – it’s phenomenal.” Richard added, “It felt great to give him his car…I didn’t expect this kind of reaction, you know, and I just wanted to help him out. I’d help anybody.”
GLAAD thanks Ellen for bringing this moving story to her viewers, and urges the media to continue reporting on instances of community support for LGBT people. You can watch the segment from The Ellen DeGeneres Show below.
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