Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wow, wow, wow!!

Hilarious comedienne and all-around awesome individual Wanda Sykes just came out as a lesbian within the last 24 hours!

"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. "


My aunt recently said, in reference to my Dad's passing and some personal revelations that have happened as a result, that you always have to look for "the gift" in all situations. And while that phrase may seem a bit hokey or cliche, I definitely agree with her. So maybe while all of this shitstorm around Prop 8 is happening we're seeing some positive results like this. I mean, this is seriously huge! I can't think of another out, black woman who is so well known in the entertainment industry.

3 Comments:

At 11/16/2008 11:38 AM , Blogger Stephen Rader said...

This IS huge! I'm so happy that she came out. Something changed after Prop 8 passed. Maybe all of us coming together is the gift. Hopefully, it is.

 
At 11/16/2008 2:30 PM , Blogger anna said...

When I read this in the paper this morning, I seriously had to put it down and take a moment to absorb the news. As if Wanda could be any cooler! I love her!

 
At 11/18/2008 12:08 PM , Blogger Brigitte said...

I teared up a little when I read her comments. She's proud to be a black woman and gay and I'm just proud of her.

 

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