Well before Ellen DeGeneres came out, she was seen out with Johnathon Schaeh at several public appearances. Schaeh explains that “’My manager asked me to accompany her to events. She was scared people would not watch the show, her sitcom Ellen, because she was gay. It was an honor.”
“I grew up with two gay aunts and a gay uncle. My Aunt died of cancer. She was a proud woman and she didn’t get proper care because she didn’t want to be away from her partner. Hospitals didn’t allow partners the same rights as a spouse. When you have someone you love in your life that is gay or a lesbian it’s very clear that they deserve the same rights as anyone else. It’s not about religion,” he added. “If you don’t love ELLEN now — you don’t watch her show. She’s a great example for the human race.”
Two years after Ellen and Schaech held hands at the 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Ellen came out in Time magazine.
Schaech said that he would have liked to have been a better support for her when she decided to come out.
“I was [supposed] to perform in her coming out episode but I ran the marathon and couldn’t walk the next day, the network fired me cause they thought I was lame. I was lame, DONT RUN A MARATHON when your given a great gift.”
Jonathon Schaech went on to marry and divorce Christina Applegate, and is now remarried to his current wife, Julie Soloman.