It’s incredible that it’s already been 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres came out publicly. The April 14, 1997 Time cover featured the announcement with a picture of a smiling DeGeneres and the simple statement, “Yep, I’m gay.” At a time when the concept of gay rights was still nebulous, DeGeneres took a bold step that would help push the country toward progress.
That same month, the character she played on ABC’s Ellen, Ellen Morgan, also came out in the two-part “The Puppy Episode.”
Ten years later, in 2007, DeGeneres became the first openly lesbian actor to host the Academy Awards.
Thanks for being your wonderful, hilarious self Ellen!