#ShesGotVERVE - Why We Love Ellen Degeneres
When he awarded her the Medal of Freedom Obama said,
“It’s easy to forget now just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages 20 years ago.”
Ellen Degeneres is a woman who knows how to hold on. It’s been 31 years since Johnny Carson invited her on The Tonight Show and the ride has not been without personal and professional peril.
Before Ellen Morgan came out in the now infamous “Puppy Episode” of The Ellen Show
on April 30, 1997 there had been a measly six TV shows featuring a homosexual character.
What made Ellen Morgan’s contribution to “enlightening” TV so impactful was in no small part the fact that Ellen Degeneres simultaneously revealed that she, like her character, was a lesbian. That was new. That brought a gay person as opposed to a gay character into millions of American living rooms. And that made all the difference.
These days, LGBT storylines are woven into most of America’s popular shows, and that’s because of a woman who did something that no one else had had the courage to do. She resisted a culture that told her she wouldn’t succeed if she was true to herself, she persisted despite all the shit assholes threw at her, and she continues to assist in her role as Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.
In 2015, Forbes named Ellen as the 50th most powerful woman in the world and #2 on the World Pride Power list.
Article by Anna Quick-Palmer