The very funny Ellen DeGeneres came out to the world in 1997. You wouldn’t know it now, but the beloved Ellen was practically shunned as it was plastered throughout the media and tabloids. At the time, she even had her own self-titled sitcom, which took a back seat at the time. Nevertheless, her bold spirit allowed her to be the first leading person to be openly gay on a TV show. Round of applause! As we all know, Ellen DeGeneres has hosted a successful daytime talk show for years and years. We love her generosity (and dancing!).