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Ellen DeGeneres Recalls Her ‘Rock Bottom’ After Coming Out

Ellen DeGeneres made history when she came out publicly 1997 on the cover of Time magazine, but in doing so she found her career suffered.


Her hit her ABC sitcom was cancelled a year later, and her movie career also stalled after starring in the dismally-reviewed (and prophetically-titled) romantic comedy Mr. Wrong, which bombed at the box office in 1996.

Talking to the annual Out 100 issue, she recalls

I was the punch line of lots of jokes. I laughed at some, but I realized there’s somebody on the other side of them. It’s cruel. I’ve never liked mean comedy, but that became even more important to me after I was the brunt of it.”

But luckily for us, the 28-time Emmy winner went on to land her own daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which boosted her self-esteem.

Before this show, I had a lot of insecurity. I wasn’t sure if I was going to work again, and although I was out, I was still trying to alter myself — not dressing the way I wanted to dress or wearing my hair the way I wanted to. I slowly gained the confidence to be authentic, and what I’ve learned about other people is that they strive to be authentic, too.

So whether they fully support me, love my lifestyle, or love that I’m married to a woman, I think they like that authenticity, and they’re drawn to it.” At the time, the media response reaffirmed DeGeneres’s comedic philosophy.


DeGeneres continued:

And what I’ve learned about other people is that they strive to be authentic, too. So whether they fully support me, love my lifestyle, or love that I’m married to a woman, I think they like that authenticity, and they’re drawn to it.”

Black Lesbian Power Couple Star in Amtrak’s New Mini-Documentary

With same-sex marriage now legal across the United States of America and with the changing attitudes about LGBT people overall, LGBT people are more and more seen as a demographic that can be marketed to.

Some examples include alcoholic drinks maker Absolut who helped one same-sex couple get engaged as part of a marketing push and Burger King who launched the ‘Pride Whopper’, a burger quite literally served in a rainbow wrapper.

American rail company Amtrak is one such company with an LGBT-focused marketing initiative (which it has been running since 2010).

In a new mini-documentary, black lesbian power couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills discuss their influence within the LGBTQ+ community, together and apart.


To say that the two women are influential is an understatement as Danielle is the creator of ‘Politini’ (blis.fm’s most downloaded show, which Aisha and Danielle co-host) and Politini Media, while Aisha is the President and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute and is also involved in activism and public speaking in New York City.

Moreover, Aisha Moodie-Mills was named as one of the OUT100, OUT Magazine’s list of the most important influential people within the LGBT community.


The Amtrak documentary features this too, as Danielle attends the OUT100 Gala for the first time, travelling to New York via the Northeast Regional Rail. She’s not just there for a good time though, as Danielle is there to represent her wife as unfortunately Aisha was hard at work at the Rockwood Leadership Institute, as part of their advocacy for LGBT rights.

While Amtrak’s decision to document the event (and take part as the OUT100’s travel sponsor) is a big deal as it is, it’s also nice to see that they chose an African-American couple to star.

LGBT people of colour are very often overlooked, in favour of white people, but, as Danielle Moodie-Mills notes, Aisha is one of few African-American women to lead an LGBT mainstream organisation and it’s “really important to show how diverse we are”.


LGBT Women Lead This Year’s Out 100 List

Ever year Out Magazine profiles the year’s most entertaining, heroic, and compelling LGBT people, from all walks of life. This year’s the list is filled with women making a difference.

Here is a selection of our favourite ladies.

Pictured: Aisha Moodie Mills

Carrie Brownstein – Artist of the Year


Cynthia Nixon – Actress / Out100 Pioneer


Lily Tomlin – Legend


Jess Glynne – Musician


Raven-Symoné – Actor, Musician, Talk-Show Host.


Jana Hunter – Musician


Hannah Hart – Comedian & YouTube Star


Andrea Bernstein & Nancy Solomon – Radio Journalists


Diana Nyad – Long-Distance Swimmer, Author, Motivational Speaker


Alicia Garza – Organizer & Writer


Abby Wambach – Athlete of the Year

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The Fun Home Family – Alison Bechdel, Roberta Colindrez, Beth Malone, Joel Perez, Lisa Kron


Roxane Gay – Writer


Holly Miranda – Musician


Juliana Huxtable – Artist, Model, Activist


Sarah Kate Ellis – President & CEO of GLAAD


Aisha Moodie Mills – President & CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund


Chai Feldblum – EEOC Commissioner


Niki Nakayama – Chef


Kelly Bush Novak – Publicist


Out100 Honors Our Favourite Lesbian Icons of 2014 ft Ellen Page, Angel Haze, Evan Rachel Wood, and OINTB’s Samira Wiley

In Out Magazine yearly portfolio, they capture the year’s most entertaining, heroic, and compelling people, from all walks of life—including professional athletes, trans pioneers, actors, activists, designers, journalists, emerging musicians, artists, and dancers.

For their special 20th anniversary OUT100, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” all of the subjects reference pivotal moments in LGBT history.

Here is a selection of our favourite ladies.

Ellen Page: Actress


On coming out Ellen Page says,

“You just feel different in the world. Once you’ve done something that you used to think was impossible, what could ever really scare you again? Even now, press is more enjoyable because I don’t have to have certain conversations. For instance, I’m never going to have to have a conversation about a dress, or heels, ever again.”

Angel Haze: Rapper


The rap artist Angel Haze, who identifies as pansexual and eschews gender pronouns in her music, exhibits an insatiable thirst for authenticity and a take-no-prisoners attitude, making her rapid-fire rhymes all the more compelling.

“This year has been remarkable because I have been finding myself. It feels good.”

Evan Rachel Wood: Actress


The year, two-time Golden Globe nominee Evan Rachel Wood has been increasingly vocal about the things she’s passionate about – including the importance of coming out.

Samira Wiley: Actress


On coming out Samira Wiley says,

“I remember it so vividly. There was this girl who went to my school, and she did a Nikki Giovanni poem, ‘Ego Tripping,’ and it was just different from everyone else’s. It wasn’t flat recitation. It had an energy and a life to it. And it made me sit up in my seat, and my eyes got wide, and I really felt inside myself, She’s making me feel things. I want to do that.”

Ariel Schrag: Writer, Illustrator


You may know Ariel Schrag from her graphic memoirs, each detailing a year in her life at Berkeley High School in excruciating, heartfelt detail. But this year she channeled all of that awkward energy into her first novel, Adam.

Lena Waithe: Comedian


This year, Lena Waithe turned 30; took the first film she ever produced, Dear White People, to Sundance; sold a pilot to BET based on her Web series Twenties; and was named one of Variety’s 10 Comedians to Watch.

“But the coolest thing I did was fall in love with an amazing woman. That put all the other things into perspective.”

Lisa Kron: Playwright And Actress


This year, while performing in a wacky production of Bertolt Brecht’s Good Person of Szechwan, Kron also served as the book writer and lyricist for the musical adaptation of Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s modern classic, a graphic memoir about her own coming out and her father’s complicated life and death.


Source: Out Magazine – Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle.