25 Of The Most Inspiring Celebrity Coming Out Stories

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres‘s story is equal parts touching and ballsy. It takes some major chutzpah to come out on the cover of Time Magazine with the headline: “Yep, I’m gay.” She then came out all over again on her eponymous ABC sitcom with a ton of “jumping out of the closet” jokes, in case anyone was still confused. In April 2017, Ellen aired that same episode on The Ellen Show for the twentieth anniversary of her coming out.

“It was the hardest thing that I ever had to do in my life,” Ellen shared. “I would not change one moment of it because it led me to be exactly where I am today, standing in front of you, which is a joy.”

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