30/04/1997 "Coming out" episode of the sitcom "Ellen" airs on ABC
Ellen - Susan, I'm gay.
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The series is notable for being one of the first with a main character to come out as gay, which DeGeneres' character did in "The Puppy Episode", which aired shortly after DeGeneres publicly revealed that she was gay in real life. This ignited lots of media attention and controversy.