Fifteen years ago today the “coming-out” episode of Ellen aired.
From TIME’s April 14, 1997 issue:
“Finally, after things dragged on all winter, ABC announced last month that the character of Ellen Morgan would indeed be coming out in a special one-hour episode on the last day of April, just in time for sweeps. That resolved, DeGeneres, who had felt constrained from speaking frankly about the issue while her sitcom’s fate was still in the balance, is coming out too.”
(Photograph by Firooz Zahedi for TIME.)