Wanda Sykes: Out and proud lesbian

Wanda Sykes wanted to get married to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for laughs this season on TV’s The New Adventures of Old Christine, but in real life, Sykes also got married to her lesbian partner, and came out publicly as a proud lesbian Saturday at a rally in Las Vegas. This from the AP report:

"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.

So this isn’t news to those in the comedy community who know Sykes, or even to those in the gay community (this September interview from the Dallas Voice spells it out), but it is news to the rest of the world. Sykes, known as Wanda Sykes-Hall during her marriage to David Hall in the 1990s, said the passage of Proposition 8 in California banning same-sex marriage made her feel the need to become more outspoken. You can hear more of her thoughts in this additional interview from yesterday.

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