Ellen Degeneres is the most powerful gay person in America

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True story: Everybody loves Ellen Degeneres. Middle America loves her, Hollywood loves her, the media loves her, and the gay community loves her too. Out Magazine has declared that Ellen Degeneres is the most powerful gay person in America. She beat out such power gays as Tim Gunn (#47, fabulous), Wanda Sykes (#36), Perez Hilton (#26), Matt Drudge (#15), Neal Patrick Harris (#7), Adam Lambert (#5), Rachel Maddow (#4), and Anderson Cooper (who has never officially come out, at #3). Here’s what Out Mag had to say about her:

Since DeGeneres replaced Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol in February, millions upon millions of viewers are getting a double dose of the hugely popular talk show host and 12-time Emmy winner. The American Express and Covergirl pitchwoman’s reach is nearly unparalleled, especially after Oprah Winfrey’s announcement that she will be ending her show in 2011. A passionate advocate for marriage equality, an avid opponent of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and staunch defender of animal rights, DeGeneres’s enormous platform is many an American’s gain.

[From Out Magazine]

In addition to that honor, Ellen also covers the May issue of Shape Magazine. She talks about how her wife Portia likes some curves, and what her favorite foods are. Shockingly, Shape didn’t try to force Ellen into a bikini, thank God. I’m sure Ellen has a great figure, but I like it when people put their foot down and say, “You know what? No one needs to know what I look like in a bikini.” Here’s more:


Super slim Portia de Rossi likes her wife Ellen DeGeneres to have curves.

“She loves me no matter what. Whenever I feel bad about myself, or if I’m in a period where I’m not working out, she’s constantly telling me that she doesn’t notice, that I look beautiful. She’ll say, ‘I think you could gain 10 more pounds,'” the American Idol judge, 52, tells the May issue of Shape (via Huffington Post).

Continues DeGeneres, “She would rather have me heavier than thinner, and she really hates that I ever doubt myself. She loves how I look. She wants me to be happy and never think about it.”

She says she’s avoided Hollywood pressure to stay thin.

“Either I wasn’t that stereotypical beautiful girl or they just gave up on me,” she quips. “I was just funny. That’s what I was. I never thought I was supposed to dress a certain way or be a certain size. I never put that pressure on myself, and no one ever put it on me.”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show host admits that she hasn’t always been the healthiest eater.

“Food used to be really important to me. I loved steak, I loved hamburgers, I loved all that stuff…. Cheeseburgers, fried chicken, fried things,” she says. “And then some things happened in my life, and, as a lot of young girls do, I put on weight as a barrier, as protection, to keep people away.”

Afterward, “I was… always struggling, always trying to lose it,” she says. “Diets don’t work. It has to be a way of life.”

Now she sticks to a strict meal plan: “No animals, no dairy, nothing processed; a lot of soup, veggies, rice, beans, legumes.”

Explains DeGeneres of her eating habits, “I want to be on my toes; I want to have energy. And as much as the diet seems like a sacrifice, it’s helping me.”

She also hits the gym.

“I first started doing power yoga in L.A., which really makes no sense. Power yoga?” she jokes. “It’s the opposite of what it should be. Yoga should calm you down!”

[From Us Weekly]

Ellen and Portia seem really happy together, and I really hope they’re doing well. Regarding Ellen’s diet – ugh. I didn’t know she was one of those “no meat, no dairy” people. I’m a little disappointed with that. Well… at least she’s not doing The Zone.

Ellen DeGeneres Has Date Night With Wife Portia de Rossi!

Shape cover courtesy of CoverAwards.

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  1. bite me says:

    Ellen has the prettiest blue eyes

  2. Really says:

    No Dairy and No Meat- Good for her! “One of those people”- really? Don’t sound so disappointed.

  3. JuiceinLA says:

    Love Ellen, love her on Idol..she is just great. I wish nothing but the best for her! (just a bit of love from the other no meat no dairy peeps!

    I think the best thing about Ellen is that she has achieved her fame from just being herself, and that is why people like her. She can say truthful things that might sting but knows how to do it in a way that makes it less hard to take..Brilliant diplomacy and character! Totally refreshing, she took huge risks coming out and she weathered the storm.

  4. Missmilly says:

    I don’t get it. I like Ellen b/c she’s Ellen, she’s funny, smart, and pretty cool—not because she is gay, white, athiest, jewish, a vampire or likes pink shoes, whatever the case. Why do people always have to attach someone to something!!! What she does behind closed doors is her business, in fact, I wish more people would keep their business to themselves. WHO CARES???People like to think they are so important b/c they are a certain way or they like something and they think they are SO special and unique. I am tired of all the gay talk. GET OVER IT! People r people, we are different yet we are all the same…get over it…we all work, eat, sleep, cry and laugh. End of story. move on.—wait, I thought this was a story about Heidi Plastic-tag.

  5. kelbear says:

    I’m a stay at home mom, and I love watching her show. It breaks up my day a little and my son loves to dance when she does.

  6. Sumodo1 says:

    The most powerful OUT gay in America, capeesh?

  7. scorpiogal says:

    Missmilly: because gays are still engaged in a struggle for basic rights. If they didn’t make their voices heard publically then nothing would change. Ignoring it won’t help anyone. We can “get over it” when gays do, in fact, have equal rights worldwide.

  8. Wench. says:

    Why are you disappointed in her diet? As a vegan, that just sounds like a really stupid, ill-thought out comment to make.

    She doesn’t exactly have three arms and one giant eye.

  9. lilred says:

    How the hell did Perez beat Tim Gunn…

  10. sharylmj says:

    love Ellen!! she is honest, funny and loving. I think she’s doing a great job on Idol.. she was out of her box at first, but she’s getting better and better each week.

  11. Danny D says:

    I want to be a “Power Gay”

  12. Tia C says:

    “Regarding Ellen’s diet – ugh. I didn’t know she was one of those “no meat, no dairy” people. I’m a little disappointed with that.”

    LOL, I know exactly what you mean and I was thinking the same thing!! Love her nonetheless, and I’m happy for her that things are going so well for her. She is a lucky woman to have such a great wife and a career that she loves.

  13. simplicity says:

    I agree with you scorpiogal. It’s at the forefront because it needs to be there.

  14. Dorothy says:

    HEY!!!! I take umbrage to the the “one of those people” comment too!!! I am a vegetarian and perfectly normal! You are my favorite kaiser, but I am not feeling it right now *snif**

    I don’t really like Ellen.

  15. Rachel says:

    @ Lilred- THANK YOU!! That’s exactly what I thought. Actually, what I thought was “WTF?!?! How the hell did Perez Hilton beat out Tim Gunn?!”

  16. Corina says:

    Ugh unfortunately Perez Hilton is more powerful, at least in terms of social influence, than Tim Gunn. I really dislike Perez and have stopped reading his blog, but I can’t deny that he exposes millions of people to his opinions each day. To me that equals power, though I don’t think he uses it appropriately. Tim generally only gives us his opinions on fashion and celebs, which doesn’t impact us personally as much maybe. Also, I agree with scorpiogal! When gay people are regarding by everyone as just people, then maybe we can skip the distinction. But there are still lists of the most powerful women, most powerful African Americans, etc. I think it’s just human nature to want to rate and rank people!

  17. Missmilly says:

    @scorpiogal–I am sure you mean well and are a great person but —>Basic rights? A struggle? HA! Try visiting a different country like Haiti, Iraq, Ethiopia, or Sierra Leone for awhile and then you tell me about struggles and “basic” rights! Go back less than a hundred years ago and read some history! You should be so lucky! Wait, WE SHOULD ALL be so lucky!! Spoiled Americans!

  18. JuiceinLA says:

    LOL@DannyD I want to be a Power ANYONE!

  19. Corina says:

    I think Scorpiogal was referring to the basic rights that most Americans appreciate and may take for granted. As a country we do better overall in most human rights aspects, but we aren’t perfect. It is completely reasonable to be outraged over the rights currently denied to gay people, just like we were outraged when rights were denied to women, black people, etc. I think being able to marry who you love, not having to worry about hiding your identity for fear of being fired (or not hired in the first place), and being able to walk down the street without fear should be considered basic rights. The hate crime bill was JUST signed into effect, so for quite some time now, gays have had to worry about being attacked during a hate crime – and then their attackers getting a more lenient sentence because hate crimes weren’t recognized nationwide as an elevated offense. Let’s not get too haughty about how Americans are spoiled…we have poor people, starving people, oppressed people, just like any other country. We also have more advantages than lots of other countries, sure, but we’re still allowed to be upset at what we consider injustice.

  20. scorpiogal says:

    Missmilly, I am not actually an american (not that I have any problem with my southern neighbors;)) And WHERE did I claim that there are no issues in the world aside from gay rights? Obviously there are many, many human rights issues. Gay rights are only one of many, and yes there are heinous crimes against humanity that have nothing to do with homosexuality. That does not negate the fact that gays DO in fact have rights. Just because YOU don’t consider it an important issue doesn’t make it so. Seriously, who the hell do you think you are?

  21. jover says:

    I’m liberal but I don’t find Ellen all that funny, smart, and she’s certainly not cool. She’s a total hollywood insider getting 5 mil for making inane comments on Idol and then dipping further by repping Covergirl – what happened to using models hasn’t Ellen made enough. Her show is lame watching her gush over Z-list celebutards and that lame dance. Come on is the bar set that low. Name a single great comedy character or skit that she’s done that has interwoven itself in pop culture comparable to say the stuff the original SNL crew produced. Sorry, overrated and it has nothing to do with her gayness – she’s just not all that.

  22. Novaraen says:

    In my experiences with vegetarians…they always have to push it in my face. OH YOU’RE EATING THAT?? I don’t eat meat…blah blah…going on and on about how it’s better for you. I don’t picture Ellen being this way, but after her mentioning all the fried foods she loved…it just came as a surprise to hear she was a vegetarian. Kaiser probably felt the same way.

  23. JESSICA says:

    it’s because she’s so nice…and real

  24. Brittney says:

    Disappointed? She actually practices what she preaches.

  25. Missmilly says:

    SCORPIOGAL—Who do you think YOU are? (we could go back and forth but this is not the respectful platform) Here we go..as soon as someone doesn’t agree with an activist all hell breaks loose!! I think I’m going to move on to the Mary Kate story now…take a deep breath scorpiogal, it’s gonna be okay! LOL! REOWRRR, ftt ftt…think happy thought, rainbows and unicorns…P-E-A-C-E! 🙂

  26. DoMaJoReMc says:

    “….after her mentioning all the fried foods she loved…it just came as a surprise to hear she was a vegetarian.”

    I was a bit surprised, as well. However,it is very possible that, BECAUSE of all these foods she loved, she felt the need to change her eating habits for health reasons. She may have wanted to feel better, and this was a good place to start. I wish I had her conviction! I Love Ellen, because of the fact that she seems to be truly nice, and down to earth.

  27. scorpiogal says:

    Missmilly- glad to entertain, peace! I wasn’t angry, though admittedly it looked that way. I was more incredulous that a person could be so incredibly patronizing. Everyone’s free to choose thier battles, I was just explaining why some people may feel the importance of getting the message our there regarding gay rights. And no- you don’t get to lecture me because I choose to believe in this cause. As for being catty- this IS Celebitchy right? I need to get my workday entertainment somehow…data entry just isn’t cutting it for me! LOL

  28. Gia says:

    I thought it was Oprah.

  29. Emily says:

    @Danny D, me too! Sounds like fun!

  30. Wresa says:

    Well I would hope she is! To me, she made it ok to be gay as a celeb and…just in general. I know other famous people were out waaay before her, but I think she made it not-so-shameful in mainstream America. She’s so honest and likable I think it made people deal with their uncomfortable or prejudiced feelings toward gay people, and learn to accept them for who they are. Coming out on the cover of People (I believe) at a time when it was career suicide to do so MADE people talk about homosexuality across the dinner table, maybe for the first time ever.

    Whoops, sorry for the soap box, but as you can see, this woman is a demi-goddess to me!! Oh, and I’m a straight female, not that anyone here was really wondering!

  31. Anj says:

    She is one of the most powerful personality in history.

  32. Chessie says:

    She’s genuine. How can you not love that?

  33. scout says:

    I love Ellen! She makes me laugh – she is hysterical and seemingly so down to earth. I love how she delivers her lines with that face and perfect timing. I don’t care how powerful she is – and I don’t think she does, either!

  34. Rose says:

    Another vegetarian here who thinks that the ‘one of those’ comment was both stupid and insulting.
    I never pass coment on another person’s diet, eat as your conscience dictates.

  35. cprincess says:

    I dont know if shes the most powerful gayelle in America but shes certainly the most annoying….
    She jumped the shark a long time ago and shes such a kiss ass to the celebrities on her show.
    As regards her diet-hey if it works for her then good-I only know one true vegetarian myself-shes been one for 30 years,never makes a big deal about it and is the picture of health and vitality but I know just as many veggies who eat way too much of the wrong food and keep talking about vegetarianism as if its a religion!
    We follow Paleo in our house-lots of lean protein,fruit,veggies,nuts,olive oil-NO white flour,grains,wheat,sugar(unless its from fruit)and we follow it 90% of the time- its amazing what cutting out white flour and wheat will do for your digestion and energy!

  36. canadianchick says:

    @missmilly-gay gayness lesbianism, trans, bi, gay, gay..ah that felt better to dangle that in front of you-Happy Friday 🙂

    That said I like Ellen but I wish Tim Gunn was my stylist.

  37. Ron says:

    Ok, I am gay so I have a point of view about this. I have been out for over 20 years now and to be honest, I have not had that many issues surrounding my sexuality. I am a broadshouldered, big, shaved head man. No one f**cks with me. I have led a really fabulous life. I am in a great relationship, we have a fantastic house near the ocean, I have a great job and we make amazing money (and pay amazing taxes I might add). I have always been made aware that being gay is somehow a detriment although I have never felt that way even though we have to have paperwork in order to visit each other in the hospital and make decisions for each other, we have to carry those papers when we travel, we have no entitlement to joint social security benefits and even if the other carries one on insurance, that is a taxable benefit. These are all things that make me not equal in the eyes of the laws of this country. However, I just went with the flow. It was not until Prop 8 hit the ballot here is CA, that I realized how much of a second class citzen I really am. Some of my neighbors, who have known us for years, put signs in their yards letting us know how little value we hold in their eyes. Even though my taxes pay for thier kids to go to school. I applaud every out gay man and woman for showing their face. And if that makes one more person in this country feel better and more hopeful, what is wrong with that?

    I closing I hope this is eye opening for you MissMilly. I agree with you that there are many problems in the world that need examined. But do not discount my life and my struggle for equal recognition in the eyes of the laws of this country. I hope that you never have to know how that feels.

  38. ogechi says:

    I love Ellen. Who wouldn’t anyway?

  39. Gloria says:

    Thank you Ellen for your generosity; love and kindness. The world needs more Ellens!!!!!!