1. Medium of Ellen DeGeneres on stage with President Barack Obama, Obama giving DeGeneres a Medal of Freedom, UPSOUND (English) Announcer: "Her courage and candor helped changed 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."
New York, 25 April 2017
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Paulson/Actress:
"I think any time you live with courage on your front foot it's important and valuable to do."
New York, 24 April 2017
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Laura Linney/Actress:
"Well, you know, how far we've come and how little we've come. It's you know the ebb and flows of social progress are amazing. You think about the progress in gay rights and yet there's still such violence and there's still such horrible things that are going on and you look at what happens to Fox News and you look at how women are being treated and it's, you know it's just this very strange circle."
FILE - New York, 3 Nov. 2010
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Portia de Rossi/Actress, Wife of Ellen DeGeneres:
"When Ellen came out every single gay person in the world was just holding their breath wondering what was going to happen to her but I don't think anyone was doing it more than actors at that time because she was the litmus test. If she did it and kept her career together then maybe, maybe there's a chance that someone like I could do it. But, when everything came crashing to a halt three months or so after she came out it was just a very clear, very strong message sent by the TV industry that it wasn't going to tolerate gay people. It was incredibly difficult when she disappeared for three years. It was a horrible time because she was the one that was brave. She was taking the brunt of it. And so when I heard that she had a talk show I remember tuning in the first episode, the day that it premiered and I remember watching the monologue and I thought, 'she's done it'...yeah, yeah...she came back."