Ellen Degeneres was the first to tell the truth and does not regret it

10.22.2019     /     News author: Oksana

Ellen Degeneres was the first to tell the truth and does not regret it
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During October in the United States the #Coming Out Day or the “Day of leaving the closet” is celebrated, which commemorates every October 11 the anniversary of the National March in Washington for the rights of the LGBT community.

According to CNN, this day celebrates when a person decides to publicly disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity, something that for a long time was not safe to share.

During this day, many people share through their social networks the experiences they had when they “came out of the closet” that in many cases can be happy stories, although several demonstrate how difficult it can be for some people to carry out this process.

Although there is one American in particular who celebrates this day with great pride, it is Ellen DeGeneres, the comedian who put the subject on the table through the television series and publicly made her “exit from the closet” in one of the most watched episodes of American television.

Baptized as The puppy episode in honor of ABC executives who refused to do so, Ellen DeGeneres made history by showing for the first time in American prime time a lesbian who "came out of the closet."

The episode, in which Laura Dern also participated, achieved an audience of around 44 million viewers in the United States, who joined the television to see what at this point was an event as popular as a presidential debate.

Although the actress had confessed to Time magazine that she was openly gay with the famous cover “Yep, I'm gay” a few days before - as well as her friend Oprah, who she said she had decided to do just because it's okay -, the situation generated controversy and the town of Birmingham in Alabama managed to block the signal to prevent its inhabitants from seeing the chapter (although 2,100 people managed to see it in an auditorium) Vanity Fair said.

The revelation brought consequences for Ellen DeGeneres, who would later see how this affected her life, however, the "exit the closet" publicly, was worth much more to her and to American society than those consequences.

When the episode turned 20 in 2017, DeGeneres took advantage of the screen of his television show to commemorate the date stating: "I thought it was important to celebrate this anniversary and remember how we were at that time and appreciate what we have come to."

Through a compilation video of different moments that were experienced during that period in which the actress revealed her sexual orientation, such as protests against homosexuality and confrontation with television viewers, I also record how much American society changed after that moment in Ellen's life.

It had been 20 years and it was not in vain, two decades later the actress was able to marry her partner, the Australian Portia di Rossi, with whom she has a consolidated marriage.

However, what excited me most during the celebration was the story of different people who took advantage of the occasion to thank Ellen for her courage, but also to make her story known after the comedian's revelation.

Ellen DeGeneres did not work for three years, thanks to her controversial confession, however, it was worth it, since she was able to return to television without hiding her reality and becoming one of the most influential personalities of American television.

The animator of the television show that four million people see daily, according to El Pais, was recognized in 2016 with the “Medal of Freedom” by President Barack Obama.

The recognition was given in 2016 by the then president, who is also his friend, mentioning how easy it is to talk about equal marriage today, emphasizing that we should not forget the courage that DeGeneres had when he had published his sexual orientation almost 20 years before , when things were very different.

Obama handed the medal to DeGeneres highlighting “seeing someone so full of goodness and light, someone we liked so much, that it could be our neighbor, colleague or sister to challenge the limits of society and show us that we have more in common than we what we think ”commented People.

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