Watch: Laverne Cox surprises trans man who has never met another trans person

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Laverne Cox gave Rickey, a transgender man from Kansas City, Missouri, the surprise of a lifetime when she met him for Ellen DeGeneres’ new digital series “Fearless.”

The series, hosted by model Ashley Graham, is aimed at “empowering everyday people to be totally, unapologetically fearless.” This episode introduced Rickey, 25, who comes from a conservative family. Rickey explained his struggles being transgender saying that he wears baggy hoodies to conceal his chest until he gets top surgery.

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‘Boy Erased’ star Lucas Hedges gets candid about his sexual fluidity

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Lucas Hedges opened up about his sexual fluidity while appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with Nicole Kidman in promotion of their new film “Boy Erased.”

In September, the 21-year-old actor told Vulture that from childhood he always saw his sexuality on a spectrum.

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Ellen DeGeneres says she received a bomb threat after coming out

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Ellen DeGeneres was celebrated by many during her historic coming out in 1997 but now the talk show host is opening up about the hardships she faced.

In a new interview with Ad Week, DeGeneres reveals she received death threats including a bomb threat.

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Sean Hayes kicks off ‘Ellen’ guest host gig with dance number

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Sean Hayes got the show started on the right foot with a dance number to kick off his guest hosting duties on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday.

Hayes began the show with a monologue listing the reasons DeGeneres wasn’t able to appear on the show. His list included that DeGeneres was at Home Depot “where all the lesbians go” down to she was getting “a boob job. And she’s going for the big one, so next time she’s here, watch out front row.”

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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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Orlando’s Overheard: Final trivia, Ginger Minj makes ‘Friends’ & closed attractions

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Scottie’s Last Day

For nearly three years, The Hammered Lamb has played host to Scottie Campbell’s Trivia Night, which raises money for Florida Little Dog Rescue.

Week after week, Scottie hosts on The Hammered Lamb’s outdoor patio, with many trivia fans arriving early just to guarantee a seat. However, Scottie’s trivia days are nearly over. The official Last Day of Trivia arrives on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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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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Gospel singer Kim Burrell makes anti-gay comments days before a scheduled appearance on “Ellen”

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes “no excuses or apologies” for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted.

A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.” She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.

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Katy Perry surprises a Pulse survivor on “Ellen”

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Ellen DeGeneres interviewed one of the Pulse survivors on her talk show, airing Sept. 8, and gave him a very big surprise.

30-year-old Tony Marrero worked with Luis Vielma, one of the 49 victims from the June 12 shooting, at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They had gone to Pulse that night together.

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Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender, says ‘I am a woman’

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NEW YORK (AP) – In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since he was a little boy growing up in the New York suburbs.

Jenner let his hair down, literally loosening a ponytail and letting his hair flow past his shoulders, in a symbolic moment at the start of his two-hour interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that was televised April 24. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

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‘Scandal’ star honored at GLAAD Awards

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich, the film The Imitation Game and television shows Transparent and How to Get Away With Murder have received stamps of approval from GLAAD.

GLAAD is a U.S.-based group that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender presence in the media, and celebrated its honorees at a ceremony on March 21.

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