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LGBT History Month – Day 22 – Ellen DeGeneres

Welcome to Ellen DeGeneres (1958) for our Day 22.

ellen degeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

In 1997, during the fourth season of Ellen in 1997 and whilst appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen came out publicly as a lesbian. Her Ellen character Ellen Morgan followed suit shortly afterwards while speaking to a therapist (played by Winfrey), and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues, including the coming-out process.

This made her the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television, and attracted a great deal of press attention which she later said had caused her emotional difficulty and also negatively affected her career.

In 2008, Ellen married her long-time girlfriend Portia de Rossi, who legally petitioned for a change of name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. California legislative changes initially made the status of the marriage uncertain, but it was later validated by the state Supreme Court, and Portia’s petition was accepted in September 2010.

As a film actress, amongst other credits, DeGeneres provided the voice of Dory in the Pixar animated film Finding Nemo (2003).

You can view the site for her show, here: http://www.ellentv.com/

LGBT History Month – Day 20 – Sandi Toksvig

Good evening, and welcome to QI

Oh. Sorry. We’re getting ahead of ourselves. But still, Sandi Toksvig (1958) is our inspiration for Day 20.

sandi toksvigSandi Toksvig OBE is a lesbian British-Danish writer, actor, comedian, presenter and producer on British radio and television, and a political activist. She is a keen advocate for women’s rights and equality.

She began performing in theatre and comedy with the Cambridge Footlights and was a member of the Comedy Store Players. In 1982 she made her first TV appearance working on children’s programming, and has since appeared in many factual programmes, sitcoms and talk shows. She has been a regular guest and host on panel shows including QI and Mock The Week, and between 2006 and 2015 she was a regular presence on BBC Radio 4 as host of The News Quiz, before leaving to serve as co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party. She is also a writer for television and theatre and the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books. She is the current Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth.

Toksvig was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting. She is slated to take over from Stephen Fry as the new host of QI when he steps down this year.

Her official website is here: http://sanditoksvig.com/

LGBT History Month – Day 19 – Stephen Fry

Gooooooood evening good evening good evening good evening good evening good evening, and welcome to… Day 19 for a look at Stephen Fry (1957).

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Stephen Fry is a gay English comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist, who suffers from bipolar disorder. His career in showbusiness began with his involvement with the Cambridge Footlights, which led to a successful performing partnership with fellow comedian and satirist Hugh Laurie. Both Fry and Laurie appeared (though rarely together) in the classic BBC comedy Blackadder (“Baaaaaaa!”), and in 2003 Fry went on to host the popular comedy panel quiz QI. He has also appeared in and presented numerous plays, TV dramas, films and documentaries. He’s also a novelist. And he reads audiobooks. And… Oh, look, he basically does everything. And we love him for it.

In 2014, Fry was listed number 4 on the World Pride Power list, he married his partner, Elliot Spencer, in 2015. In February 2014 Stephen Fry became the honorary president of Proud Canaries, a new club for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans of Norwich City Football Club, as well as being an official Ambassador for the City of Norwich. He is also active in mental health charity and awareness groups and serves as president of the charity Mind.

His official website is here: http://www.stephenfry.com/