Wanda Sykes says she’s ‘proud to be gay’


Wanda Sykes has now admitted publicly that she is gay, some people found this to be no surprise. I remember when Ellen Degeneres came out and said that she was gay/lesbian. When I first saw Ellen years before she announced that she was gay, I thought she was a lesbian.

I remember in early 1990s Ellen on television mentioning something about her boyfriend and I said to myself you like lesbian (gay). Wanda kept her life style to herself and she didn’t go around screaming hey I’m gay to everybody she saw. Wanda has class about herself.  

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Wanda Sykes says she’s ‘proud to be gay’
Nov 15, 2008

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Comedian Wanda Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led to her be more outspoken about being gay.

"You know, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life," Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday.

"Everybody that knows me personally they know I’m gay. But that’s the way people should be able to live their lives," she said.

Sykes, who is known for her feisty and blunt style, said the passage of California’s Proposition 8 made her feel like she was "attacked."

"Now, I gotta get in their face," she said. "I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay."

Sykes’ appearance at the Las Vegas rally surprised organizers. She was in town performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


  1. Elle

    I bet there will be many blacks who decide not to be Wanda Sykes fans just because she’s a lesbian. There are so many homophobic blacks. Infact, 70% of California’s blacks voted yes on Prop 8.

  2. Chance

    This is so true Elle and there are some blacks who are under cover bisexuals. Blacks need to become more opened minded as a collective and if they don’t like what they see in another person’s life style then be open minded enough to leave them alone as long as they are not harming you. Some blacks are open mined but many are not. Lack of open mindedness causes people to not want to associate with blacks.




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