On 22nd November , 2016… One of 21 recipients that was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award was Ellen DeGeneres. It is therefore one of the highest honor for a civilian. Hence, prestigious award presented to individuals who have contributed positively to notable progress in the United States. Therefore, her courage in coming out about 20 years ago. During a time when marriage equality was not prevalent in the U.S . As a result aided the progress of LGBT equality was mentioned
This year’s honorees include :
Bruce Springsteen, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Michael Jordan, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks, Vin Scully and other notable great people.
The officiator speech :
“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 . At every role she reminds us to be kind to each other and to treat people as each other wants to be treated. At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of million of Americans. Accelerating our nations constant drive towards equality and acceptance for all. Again and again Ellen DeGeneres has showed us that a single individual can make the world a more fun. More open more loving place, so long as we just keep swimming,”.
President Obama bestowed DeGeneres with the presidental medal, and she got Emotional. Aww.