Ellen actually came out on the show ‘These friends of mine’ as her character Ellen Morgan. After this episode, The Puppy Episode, the sitcom was all about homosexuality. After coming out on the show, Ellen did an interview on Oprah. She was the first person in Hollywood to be so open about their sexuality. Degeneres also gave a speech on 'Coming out, Gay and Lesbian rights' at the ‘Human Rights Campaign National Dinner’ in 1997. The speech was very inspiring and she had a lot of support.
Now Ellen says she feels very blessed. Her past is her past, she feels so distant from that time that it almost doesn’t feel like her life anymore. She’s happy with her amazing life right now.
Gay, straight or whatever! It doesn’t matter what you are, you can do whatever you like with your life and be AWESOME. Ellen is a great example of that. If you would like to read more about this, click here.
Source: DAA website