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ELLEN DEGENERES LEAVES HOLLYWOOD CLOSET WITH LANDMARK ANNOUNCEMENT

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GLAAD congratulates star and reiterates support

Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

April 7, 1997
LOS ANGELES, APRIL 7, 1997-Ellen DeGeneres, star of ABC-TV's Ellen, "came
out of the closet" today in the April 14th issue of Time magazine. Ellen
Morgan, the title character on the television program that bears her name,
will also announce she is a lesbian on the show's April 30th episode. The
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) congratulates Ms.
DeGeneres and pledges continued support for her and her television show.

According to GLAAD, DeGeneres is Hollywood's first major television
superstar to come out as gay, lesbian or bisexual.  DeGeneres follows other
television celebrities that paved the way for today's announcement,
including Party of Five's Mitchell Anderson, Frasier's Dan Butler, The
Larry Sanders Show's Scott Thompson and Married...With Children's Amanda
Bearse.  DeGeneres joins the out-and-proud ranks of pop and sports
superstars like k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, Martina
Navratilova, Greg Louganis and RuPaul.

"GLAAD applauds Ellen DeGeneres' courageous decision to come out," said
Chastity Bono, GLAAD's entertainment media director.  "Ellen's deeply
personal decision will enable her to move forward and break new ground both
personally and professionally."

In Time, DeGeneres described her coming out as "the most freeing
experience," and Chastity Bono expects Ellen's announcement will help
lesbian and gay Americans, young and old, to shut their closet doors behind
them.  "Ellen's coming out serves as a highly visible example for lesbians
and gay men who are struggling in the closet and will open up closet doors
for them," added Ms. Bono.

Last week GLAAD launched the official "Come Out With Ellen" World Wide Web
site (located at www.glaad.org) and announced its "Come Out With Ellen"
viewing parties, which will take place on April 30th in cities nationwide.
A GLAAD "Come Out With Ellen" kit will be provided to fans interested in
throwing "Come Out With Ellen" house parties by calling GLAAD at (800)
GAY-MEDIA.

GLAAD is the nation's lesbian and gay news bureau and the only national
lesbian and gay multimedia watchdog organization. GLAAD promotes fair,
accurate and inclusive representation as a means of challenging
discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.