10 Times Ellen DeGeneres Proved She’s a Pioneer and Icon for LGBTQ Community
As we honor Ellen for her courage, we take a look back at moments that showcased the many times she’s helped make our society a little bit more inclusive.
- •When she spoke out against bullying on her talk show in the wake of tragedies involving LGBTQ youth suicides.
- •When, after an anti-LGBTQ pastor accused her of celebrating her “lesbianism,” she responded in classic Ellen fashion.
- •When she donated $25,000 to a fund for the survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, and gave Tony Marrero -- one of the survivors -- the surprise of a lifetime.
- •When she schooled Senator John McCain on the importance of LGBTQ rights and marriage equality.
- •When she featured two best friends on her show -- one gay, the other straight -- who attended prom together.
- •When she told our nation’s youth that there’s nothing wrong with being different
- •When she gave Blossom Brown, a transgender student and HRC volunteer, $20,000 to help her follow of her dream of becoming nurse.
- •When she spoke out against hate and advocated for tolerance after the murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay man who was brutally killed in Wyoming.
- •When former President Obama praised her for making our country a little more accepting of one another.
- •And of course the moment that started it all -- when she decided to come out in the most public way possible on her TV show, Ellen.