Ricky Martin pleads for Puerto Rico relief on ‘Ellen’

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Ricky Martin made a surprise appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to plead for relief efforts to aid the devastating Hurricane Maria aftermath in Puerto Rico.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am from Puerto Rico and right now Puerto Rico is suffering,” Martin, who was born in Puerto Rico, says. “We were destroyed by a hurricane and it’s been very difficult right now. There is no water, there is no electricity, there is no food. There is no medicine. There is no diesel for the generators that will make the hospital work. People are dying. So, as a Puerto Rican, as the American that I am, I’m here to ask for your help.”

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LGBT groups protest potential California textbooks

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gay rights groups told a California state commission Wednesday that they object to several of the textbooks that could be recommended for use in schools, saying the books don’t include enough information about the contributions of LGBT Americans.

The state Department of Education is preparing to update textbook recommendations for the first time since California became the first state to require teaching about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Ellen DeGeneres says she couldn’t welcome Trump on her show

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Ellen DeGeneres won’t be inviting President Donald Trump to be a guest on her show.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly, DeGeneres asked if she would be open to inviting Trump on her new talk show.

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Watch: Ellen DeGeneres freaks out Sarah Paulson with clown scare

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Sarah Paulson got a taste of what it’s like to be her “American Horror Story” character, Ally, while appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

DeGeneres went in for not one, but a triple whammy, of scares that terrified Paulson.

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Ellen DeGeneres shares the word she was banned from saying on TV

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After Ellen DeGeneres came out to the world in real life and on her sitcom “Ellen,” in April 1997, it didn’t seem plausible that she would become one of the most popular daytime talk show hosts.

DeGeneres told “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which premiered in September 2003, almost didn’t happen.

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Ellen DeGeneres gets candid about being bullied after coming out

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Ellen DeGeneres has become an LGBT icon but the talk show host faced bullying and depression before she became the positive, popular figure she is today.

DeGeneres, 59, revealed in an interview with Good Housekeeping that after coming out in 1997 she was faced with an onslaught of bullying that sent her into a depression.

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Celebrities react to Trump’s transgender military ban

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While President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce a ban against transgender people in the U.S. military on Wednesday, he wasn’t the only one who decided to use Twitter to get a message across.

Celebrities tweeted their criticism and disapproval of the ban in a flurry of messages across social media.

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Singer Greyson Chance comes out as gay

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Singer Greyson Chance has come out as gay.

The 19-year-old explained in an Instagram post on Wednesday that he has known he was gay since he was 16. At first he chose to keep his sexuality private but after receiving an inspiring message from a fan, he decided to be open.

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Chicken nugget boy breaks Ellen DeGeneres’ Twitter record

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High school student Carter Wilkerson broke the record for most retweets on Twitter, surpassing Ellen DeGeneres who previously held the title.

In April, Wilkerson, 16, tweeted Wendy’s asking the fast food chain how many retweets it would take to receive a year of free chicken nuggets. Wendy’s replied it would seal the deal if he could earn 18 million retweets.

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Ellen DeGeneres among top Daytime Emmy winners

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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” won the Daytime Emmy Award for best entertainment talk show April 30, 20 years to the day that her character came out as gay on the sitcom “Ellen.”

“She did it because it was the right thing to do,” said Mary Connelly, “Ellen” executive producer, of DeGeneres’ decision to be open about her sexuality and do the same for her character in 1997. DeGeneres was absent and Connelly accepted the award.

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‘Yep, I’m Gay’: Happy 20th out anniversary, Ellen DeGeneres

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NEW YORK (AP) – With a headline of “Yep, I’m Gay” on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing the hearts of supporters gay and straight amid a swirl of hate mail, death threats and, ultimately, dark times on and off the screen.

The code-named “The Puppy Episode” of “Ellen” that aired April 30, 1997, was more than just a hit. It was one of those huge cultural “where were you” moments for anybody remotely interested in TV, or the advancement of LGBTQ people working in TV, or who were itching to come out of their closets at home at a still-perilous time.

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Magic Johnson gives advice for parents with gay kids

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Magic Johnson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week and shared his advice for parents who have gay children.

Johnson’s 24-year-old son EJ, real name Earvin Johnson III, publicly came out in 2013. He starred on the reality show “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” on E!.

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