Straight people: there are so many gay characters now, it’s starting to get annoying.

we, the gay: WHERE ARE THEY?

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“In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor and television star. In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and to treat people as each of us wants to be treated. At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation’s constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all.

Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place so long as we ‘just keep swimming.’”

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Watch: Donald Trump watched Finding Dory on Saturday after signing the Muslim travel ban. Now Ellen DeGeneres has some words for him

DeGeneres wasn’t the only one that saw the irony in Trump’s movie choice. Her co-star, Albert Brooks, who voiced Marlin in both Finding Dory and Finding Nemo, tweeted, “Odd that Trump is watching Finding Dory today, a movie about reuniting with family when he’s preventing it in real life.”

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Homophobic gospel singer Kim Burrell is set to appear on ‘Ellen’ — and people are furious

  • Gospel singer Kim Burrell is being called out after video of a homophobic sermon she led began circulating on the internet late December.
  • Burrell is set to perform “I See Victory,” a song from the Hidden Figures soundtrack, on Ellen with Pharrell Williams.
  • In footage of the sermon posted on YouTube, Burrell refers to homosexuality as the “spirit of delusion and confusion.”
  • It is unclear exactly when the sermon took place. 
  • Burrell attempted to clarify her comments, saying she never mentioned LGBTQ people specifically.
  • “I love you and God loves you,” Burrell said in a Facebook live video, Billboard reported. “But, God hates the sin.” Read more
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“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 20 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 that we realize. Push our country in the direction of justice. What an incredible burden that was to bear, to risk your career like that. People don’t do that very often. And then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders.”

— President Barack Obama awarding Ellen DeGeneres the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Nov. 22, 2016

Ellen DeGeneres received a Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday. 

This is what Barack Obama said in her honour: 

“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 20 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 neighbour or our colleague or our sister, challenge our own assumptions. Remind us that we have more in common than we realise. Push our country in the direction of justice. What an incredible burden that was to bear. To risk your career like that, people don’t do that very often. And then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders. But it’s like Ellen says, “We all want a tortilla chip, that can support the weight of guacamole.” Which really makes no sense to me. But I thought would break the mood because I was getting kind of choked up. And she did pay a price. We don’t remember this. I hadn’t remembered it. She did, for a pretty long stretch of time, even in Hollywood. And yet, today, every day, in every way, Ellen counters what too often divides us, with the countless things that bind us together, inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time.”

Watch the speech here