Less than 25 years ago, the very idea of a TV star and her sitcom character identifying as lesbian was earth-shaking, as Ellen DeGeneres' coming-out announcement became a major national story.

"The Puppy" episode of ABC's "Ellen," which aired in April 1997, was one of the biggest milestones in the recognition of LGBTQ actors, characters and storylines on television. 

In the years before and since, TV has had a mixed record in portraying (and including) LGBTQ characters and actors. 

Pride Month provides an important opportunity to focus on TV portrayals that helped viewers gain greater understanding or reflected the evolving attitudes of the public. 

Pride Celebration:We need to celebrate LGBTQ joy this Pride Month. Lives depend on it.

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