Ellen DeGeneres has earned her spot as one of the most influential queer people of our time. A comedian, a talk show host, and a humanitarian, she's been in the public eye since the '90s and winning the world's heart ever since.
Sunday will mark the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking coming out. On the "Puppy Episode" of her sitcom, she and her character came out on national television. It was the first time a lead character in a television show openly identified as queer, and since it was an actual confession from Ellen herself, it was just as powerful a moment.
To celebrate this historic date, DeGeneres hosted a special episode of her talk show with Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern, whom she came out to in the show. In addition, ABC is making all episodes of Ellen available online for free, no sign in required.