Celebrating Ellen: 20 years after coming out, how she’s changed America

Iconic daytime host Ellen Degeneres was one of the most radical Hollywood faces after the “Puppy Episode” aired 20 years ago today–more so remembered as the episode Ellen came out as gay to the American public.  The episode shows how Ellen struggles to accept her identity and share it with her friends and family.

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As Mashable reports, it was almost impossible at the time to believe that Ellen’s sexuality would allow her to still have such unbridled success. But Ellen hasn’t just created success for herself, she has impacted so many young people in showing that being authentically yourself won’t hold you back from anything in life, rather it can help you reach your full potential.

Watch the puppy episode here on abc.com

 

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