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Video – LGBT History: April 30th, 1997 – Television Character Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres) Comes Out Of The Closet

April 30, 1997
Ellen Morgan, played by  Ellen DeGeneres made television history on this day when her fictional alter ego Ellen Morgan came out of the closet on her prime-time sitcom Ellen. The move made Ellen Morgan the first leading sitcom character on national television to ever announce she was a lesbian.

Over 42 million people tuned into the episode, which featured guest appearances by Laura Dern, Dwight Yoakum, Demi Moore, Billy Bob Thornton, and Oprah Winfrey. Ellen’s own coming out in real life, happened one week prior to the airing of the episode when she announced she was a lesbian on the cover of Time magazine.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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