Comic Wanda Sykes Comes Out

By GLAAD |
November 17, 2008

Comedian Wanda Sykes, the star of the CBS series The New Adventures of Old Christine has publicly come out and announced that she and her wife wed in California on Oct. 25.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, at a Las Vegas rally against the passage of Proposition 8, Sykes surprised the crowd by announcing that she is gay and had recently married. Sykes had never publicly discussed her orientation but said, “Everybody who knows me personally, they know I’m gay. And that’s the way people should be able to live our lives, really. We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something we automatically should have as citizens of this country.”

She told the crowd of more than 1,000 people, “I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay."

“We congratulate Wanda for making this decision and for setting an example for others,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “Like Wanda, we find ourselves disappointed by results in Arizona, Arkansas, California and Florida where laws passed that were designed to hurt loving, committed couples and families. People living openly and honestly increases the visibility of our community and has a tremendous impact in terms of creating awareness, understanding and acceptance as we continue our march to equality.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Wanda Sykes in The New Adventures of Old Christine

Sykes’ Old Christine character is straight, but in a recent episode married her best friend Christine for immigration purposes, an ill-advised move that has yet to play itself out as same-sex marriage has no bearing on immigration matters.

The comic is scheduled to perform at Cracked Christmas, Sunday December 7, a gala event for The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.

Watch Wanda at the rally here!

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