02/10/2014 10:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How The LGBTQ Family Has Changed Over Time, From Rosie O' Donnell (VIDEO)

Actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell shared her views on how societal perceptions of LGBTQ families have changed over time.

When it came to social stigmas surrounding the LGBTQ community during the 1990s when Rosie had her first child, Rosie told us that society felt much differently about gay parents. “I think that when—as a gay person—you decide to have a child, you know that you’re outing yourself,” she told us.

When Rosie had her first child, Parker, in 1995, it was a public event. “Everyone in my life and the world knew. But at that time, no one printed it. It was a huge issue,” she reflected.

Rosie said that LGBTQ families have changed a lot in recent years, and that these types of “untraditional” family models are generally much more commonly accepted.

“For my own kids, being part of a gay family was not nearly as troubling as being in a famous family!” Rosie laughed. Though she doesn’t take credit for bringing about this change, Rosie told us, “I’m just living my life, but I’m happy that people say I’ve helped change things.”

Watch Rosie O'Donnell on the ABC Family original series, The Fosters.

For more of Rosie's life and career, see the slideshow below.

Life And Career Of Rosie O'Donnell

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