Ellen DeGeneres wears many hats. She's a talk show host, actress, comedian, spokeswoman for various companies including Cover Girl and JCPenney (a story on its own), but for the LGBT community, she is a role model.

DeGeneres, 54, famously came out on her self-titled sitcom, "Ellen" in 1997.

Now, DeGeneres is married to Portia de Rossi, 39, and can be seen on her award-winning daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which has been on the air since 2003. DeGeneres holds numerous awards and honors such as being named to Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women and Entertainment Weekly's 50 Most Powerful Entertainers, and her humanitarian efforts speak volumes. DeGeneres continuously raises awareness not only for LGBT issues such as anti-gay bullying, but for other important causes such as breast cancer and animal rights.

It was recently announced that DeGeneres will be awarded the coveted Mark Twain humor award on October 22.

Each day in October, which is LGBT History Month, we'll be featuring a different LGBT icon. Check back tomorrow for a look at another incredible individual who changed history and visit our LGBT History Month Big News Page for more stories.

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  • Tig Notaro

    Notaro is now writing for Amy Schumer's new show. She made news recently for a stand-up set she did at Largo where she announced that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/tig-notaro-breast-cancer-treatment-new-york_n_1862583.html">she had breast cancer. </a>

  • Eliot Glazer

    Glazer writes for <em>New York Magazine</em> and co-stars in web series <a href="http://itgetsbetterish.com/#6e8/youtube">"It Gets Betterish"</a> with Brent Sullivan. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/eliotglazer">@eliotglazer</a>.

  • Stephen Fry

    Celebrated-actor Fry <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2010-09-20-stephen_fry_claims_that_he_is_ninety_percent_gay#.UGnIofk-vDU">wrote</a> in his autobiography <em>The Fry Chronicles</em> "I am only '90 per cent gay,' which is of course pretty damned gay, but every now and again on my path through life I have met a woman in the 10 per cent bracket." Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/stephenfry">@stephenfry</a>.

  • Brent Sullivan

    Speaking of Brent Sullivan, he's also a stand-up comedian.

  • James Adomian

    Adomian is known for his killer impressions like <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-0J9Hqgp1E">George W. Bush </a>and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QLh4SCclkM">Jesse Ventura</a>. But in this clip he talks about how a large majority of villains come off as gay in TV and Films. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/JAdomian">@JAdomian</a>.

  • Paula Pell

    Pell writes for "Saturday Night Live" and was recently seen as Tammy Zero on "Parks and Recreation." In March <a href="https://twitter.com/perlapell/status/180841959492030464">Pell tweeted</a> "I never chose to be a lesbian. I just always fell in love with great people who I eventually went to the gym with and realized were women." Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/perlapell">@perlapell</a>.

  • Gabe Liedman

    In 2010 he told <em><a href="http://www.theapiary.org/the-apiary/2010/5/19/inside-with-gabe-liedman.html">The Apiary</a></em> "I am always kind of scared to do my super gay material in front of straight crowds and straight comedians, but it always goes over well." Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/gabeliedman">@gabeliedman</a>.

  • Ellen DeGeneres

    Degeneres made headlines in 1997 when she <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKfEdjlRxSk">came out</a> on her show "Ellen." Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow">@TheEllenShow</a>.

  • Dave Holmes

    Holmes is best known for his hosting gigs on MTV. He now hosts the podcast <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/166825195/a-drink-with-dave-season-two">"A Drink With Dave."</a> Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/DaveHolmes">@DaveHolmes</a>.

  • Mario Cantone

    Cantone is known for his role as Anthony Morentino on "Sex And The City."

  • Margaret Cho

    In an interview with <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/magazine/29wwln-domains-t.html?_r=0">New York Times Magazine</a></em> Cho said ""I refer to myself as gay, but I am married to a man. Of course, I've had relationships with women, but my politics are more queer than my lifestyle." Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/margaretcho">@MargaretCho</a>.

  • Ross Mathews

    Matthews started out at "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and now makes regular appearances on "Chelsea Lately." Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/helloross">@helloross</a>.

  • Simon Amstell

    Amstell hosted "Nevermind the Buzzcocks," but now he is focusing on his comedy career. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/SimonAmstell">@SimonAmstell</a>.

  • Wanda Sykes

    In this clip Sykes announces "It's harder being gay than it is being black." Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/iamwandasykes">@Iamwandasykes</a>.

  • Kevin Allison

    Allison told <em><a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/01/kevin_allison_was_born_with_th.html">New York Magazine</a> </em>that the most he'd ever paid for a haircut was twenty dollars because "I was born with the 'queer' but not with the 'eye.'"Follow him <a href="https://es.twitter.com/TheKevinAllison">@TheKevinAllison</a>.

  • Fortune Feimster

    Feimster appeared on "Last Comic Standing" in 2010 and now she writes and is an occasional round table guest on "Chelsea Lately." Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/fortunefunny">@FortuneFunny</a>.

  • Todd Glass

    This year Todd Glass publicly came out on the <a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_245_-_todd_glass">"WTF With Marc Maron"</a> podcast. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/ToddGlass">@ToddGlass</a>.

  • Erin Foley

    In this clip Foley talks about her relationship saying "She's amazing" and then jokes "She meaning I'm gay. Take a second." Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/erinfoleycomic">@erinfoleycomic</a>.