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Ellen DeGeneres - On April 30th, 1997 Ellen DeGeneres the star of ELLEN ABC/1994-98 played a young bookstore owner named Ellen Morgan who finally admitted (with the help of a counselor) that she was a lesbian thus becoming the first lesbian character to star in a lead role in a prime time series.

Laura Dern and Ellen DeGeneres

After accidentally announcing her gayness to Susan, a TV producer (Laura Dern) over an open airport microphone, Ellen declared "It felt so Great! It felt so LOUD!"

Ellen: You know how you said in the room, you know, that you thought, maybe I was, you know, and I said, “no, no, no, no,” well, I was thinking about it, and I think that maybe I am, er, I am ... I guess what I'm trying to say is ... I did get the joke about the toaster oven.
Susan: Are you saying what I think you're trying to say?
Ellen: What do you think I'm trying to say?
Susan: Oh, I'm not going to say it again and be wrong.
Ellen: No, you're not wrong. You're right. This is so hard. But I think I've realized that I am ... I can't even say the word. Why can't I say the word, I mean, why can't I just say ... I mean, what is wrong, why do I have to be so ashamed, why can't I just see the truth, I mean, be who I am, I'm thirty-five years old... I'm so afraid to tell people. I mean, I'm just...Susan... [Ellen turns back towards Susan, putting one hand on the counter and accidentally pressing the PA system] I'm gay.

Ellen DeGeneres had already announced to the world that she was a lesbian on the front cover of  Time magazine. It carried the simple declaration "Yep, I'm Gay."

Ellen DeGeneres - Entertainment Weekly Magazine Cover

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