Ellen DeGeneres

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Access Points


The influence of media on laws, policies, and cultural practices. Recommended for grades 8+



Rationale for using archival audio oral history testimony


Listening promotes active engagement, improves reading, and helps students understand tone, message, and central themes. Listening is also critical to social-emotional learning development.




Learning outcomes, essential questions, background information, relevant Gay Rights groups, guiding questions, intersections with concurrent events, suggested connections to today's world, transcript, and more are included in the Give Voice to History Project curriculum.





Brief Introduction


In the fourth season of Ellen DeGeneres hit sitcom Ellen, both the actress and her character, came out in the most public way possible; on TV.  While the sitcom was cancelled in its fifth season, Ellen's career prevailed and her visibility and celebrity status worked to disrupt myths and misperceptions about LGBT+ people. In 2016, President Obama awarded Ellen the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive.  



It’s easy to forget now, when we’ve come so far, where now marriage is equal under the law, just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost twenty years ago. Just how important it was, not just to the LGBT community, but for all of us, to see somebody so full of kindness and light, somebody we liked so much, somebody who could be our neighbor or our colleague, or our sister, challenge our own assumptions—remind us that we have more in common than we realize. Push our country in the direction of justice. - President Barack Obama, November 22nd, 2016


Ellen DeGeneres archival audio oral history testimony