Welcome Out, Wanda Sykes

Jim Burroway

November 17th, 2008

Comedian Wanda Sykes surprised organizers of Saturday’s anti-Prop 8 rally in Las Vegas by officially coming out as a lesbian and announcing that she is now married. Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban made her feel “attacked,” and emboldened her to be more outspoken about being gay.

Here’s the video:

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Ben in Oakland

November 17th, 2008

I am a bito ut of the cultural loop, so I have no idea who she is. But I do have a question: where was she before the eleciton?

werdna

November 17th, 2008

Yeah, that sentiment has been expressed in other places as well, but at this point I figure better late than never. Sometimes it takes a sharp blow like the passage of Prop 8 to inspire people to stand up and speak out.

As you suggest by the fact that you don’t know who she is, she’s not a huge celebrity–she’s a comedian and writer, she’s been on a few different sitcoms, etc. If she didn’t realize before how important it was to be public about her sexuality, she does now. Besides, I’m willing to forgive a lot for her coming up with “now let’s go get our damn equal rights!”

Timothy Kincaid

November 17th, 2008

You may have seen her in Monster in Law or Evan Almighty or on TV in The New Adventures of Old Christine. She’s pretty well known.

Ben in Oakland

November 17th, 2008

I’ve heard of the references. I rarely go to the movies, preferring to rent, and watch only a small bit of TV. I hear the names, but have no connection beyond that.

Jason D

November 17th, 2008

Ben, she’s got a couple standup specials that are worth seeing. She’s done voices for movies like Banyard and Over the Hedge.

She even had her own show for awhile called “Wanda At Large”.

She’s quite sassy and fun.

She’s also in a TV-spot that started airing like last month encouraging people to stop saying “That’s So Gay”. It might still be on YouTube somewhere.

Louie

November 17th, 2008

Congratulations to Wanda for coming out, at least officially.

I’ve always known her as a black, lesbian comedian and she’s really funny.

My husband and I got to see her show during the True Colors tour stop in Phoenix a few months ago.

Everyone knew she was gay, she just wasn’t very “out” about it.

Now, thanks to Prop. 8, she is.

If anyone uses NetFlix for their rental service, you can find some of her material there. Also there are gay comedy festival DVDs that feature some of her material too.

Louie

November 17th, 2008

Oh, and the PSA she did for GLSEN and the Ad Council’s “Think Before You Speak” campaign is here

werdna

November 17th, 2008

And she’s great on “Curb Your Enthusiam” too…

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