#Empowered ~ Ellen Degeneres
Our #Empowered this week is dedicated to the amazing Ellen Degeneres.
For the International Day Against Homophobia, Ellen spoke about her experience of coming out as homosexual, and the struggles she encountered along the way.
She recalls the moment when she came out, mainly the fear of losing her career (which did happen). After her announcement in 1997, her show Ellen was cancelled after four seasons of being aired, without even consulting her.
Despite her struggles with the world accepting her sexuality, she has made history by the very first openly lesbian actress to play an openly homosexual character on television (read more here). Keeping in mind this was 1997, Ellen has been active in educating the public and the media on the LGBT community, leading the way for what has been achieved so far!
She has also her own record company (Eleveneleven), altogether with having won 29 Emmys, 20 People’s Choice Awards (setting a record!). Everyone is familiar with Ellen because of her success in television, but she is also a remarkable human for her charity work!
She is in fact renowned for her charitable work, which has led her to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016.
“The thing everyone should realise is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself”