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Accepting her daughter as a lesbian tested Cher.

"I think I had a particularly difficult time," the singer-actress told more than 1,000 people gathered for a National Coming Out Day rally. "I was very un-Cher-like in my acceptance of my daughter's choice."

Cher's journey to acceptance was cheered Friday, the first time she has appeared publicly to discuss Chastity Bono's homosexuality.

"What do you do when this person is not doing the normal thing, and they're supposed to be an extension of you?" asked Cher, speaking nervously at first. "It's the most difficult thing to achieve -- to love people who are different than you, who believe differently, who look differently."

Other speakers at the rally were Candace Gingrich, half-sister of House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Judith Light, who co-starred in the old sitcom "Who's the Boss?"

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