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Ellen DeGeneres has long been a pioneer for the LGBTQ community.
On a 1997 episode of her ABC sitcom "Ellen" — one week after her famous "Yep, I'm Gay" Time magazine cover — DeGeneres' titular character came out onscreen.
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As Kevin Fallon wrote for the Daily Beast, "It's easy to forget, given DeGeneres' status as daytime talk show queen and America's resident BFF, how controversial, brave, and even damaging the decision to come out on an ABC sitcom was in 1997, the first time a character ever did so."
The episode won a Peabody Award and an Emmy, but DeGeneres' career suffered for years as a result of her public sexuality.
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