Ellen comes out
Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on primetime American television in April 1997, in a milestone for LGBT representation in popular culture.
Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian publicly in April 1997 – and so did the fictional character she played in her self-titled sitcom. The Puppy Episode would be watched by more than 40 million people and represented a milestone for LGBT representation in popular culture.
Lucy Burns speaks to the episode’s writer and executive producer Dava Savel.
Picture: Comedian Ellen DeGeneres and actress Anne Heche attend the 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)