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Wanda Sykes: I'm Proud To Be Gay!

Wanda Sykes: I'm Proud To Be Gay!

The New Adventures of Old Christine star Wanda Sykes is speaking about about being gay because of the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California. Here’s what the 44-year-old comedian told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday:

“[After Barack Obama was elected,] I thought, man we are moving in the right direction. And then at about 11 o’clock I was crushed. We took a huge leap forward and then got dragged 12 feet back. I felt like I was being attacked, personally attacked, our community was attacked. I got married Oct. 25, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation, I felt like I was living my life, I wasn’t in the closet, but I was just living my life. 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. … They pissed off the wrong group of people. They have galvanized a community. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we shouldn’t have to settle for less. Instead of having gay marriage in California, no, we’re gonna have gay marriage across the country. When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York. … I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay.

You can listen to Wanda‘s speech here or watch it here.

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# 1

Oh boo hoo, get over it !

# 2

I kinda feel like she is milking and using the race, gender and gay card for her own gain!

# 3

Didn’t know she was gay, now I don’t like her half as much….takes away a lot of the sex appeal. I know a lot of guys that think she is quirky and sexy but not if she’s a ****.

# 4

Jared, ur readers are disgusting! LOL

# 5

good for her for speaking out.

# 6
LolaMonroe @ 11/16/2008 at 11:07 am

Well said, Wanda!

# 7

I’m proud of you too Wanda. Equal rights for all, yeah.

# 8

Good for her, that’s a hard thing to do in a world still full of hate, and a helpful thing for others to see her out there.

# 9

Why do people keep acting like Obama’s election is supposed to make people more tolerant of gays. There’s absolutely no connection and no reason to think that. It was because of higher than usual turnouts in the black community that Obama won many states, and most blacks are homophobic and see gay marriage as a sin against god. That’s never going to change. Obama’s election had nothing to do about tolerance. And, the gays are acting like a bunch of babies. You lost get it over. This does not compare with blacks and the civil rights movement. If you think so, then show me where gays were being lynched, or forced to use separate water fountains than hetero’s, sit in the back of buses, and other indignities that blacks in this country were forced to suffer.

I don’t understand why this is even an issue? Why do people care so much what other people are doing?

If you want to get upset about something, how about Mormons who practice polygamy?

non-impressed @ 11/16/2008 at 11:33 am

amanda what you just said is a total hypocrite statement. you don’t care about what the gay people are doing but dear god you can judge the mormon polygamists. how does that make any sense.

“Why do people keep acting like Obama’s election is supposed to make people more tolerant of gays”…..

I think people were hoping that by electing a black man this country had moved forward to look past it prejudices. As Wanda said this smacked people back in place.

I love how people with all the rights and have not been oppressed in some why keep telling folks to “get over it”. Maybe you should get over it and let gay people get married.

sillyme, Wanda said that because i guess in your country having a black president was like some huge, something that country has never seen before…because of all the discrimination they received a long time ago. And wanda was like “oh, america accepted a black presiden, maybe now america will accept gay people”…. but that was not the case.
It’s weird actually why you can’t accept it after a lot of country did. Here in Argentina, gay people can get married,

sillyme, Wanda said that because i guess in your country having a black president was like something huge, something that country has never seen before…because of all the discrimination they received a long time ago. And wanda was like “oh, america accepted a black president, maybe now america will accept gay people”…. but that was not the case.
It’s actually weird why you can’t accept it after a lot of countries did. Here in Argentina, gay people can get married,

If you are unfamiliar with lynchings and murders and so forth… you have deliberately hidden from the news and from the use of the internet you chose to use in order to make the Civil Rights movement the sole territory of the Blacks. If you studied enough you would find that Martin Luther King Jr had men who were gay working right with him at the top of HIS movement. Too bad there is no recognition of that by those same people who choose to make it a turf battle. … Perhaps you never heard of Matthew Shepard? Perhaps you have not heard of deaths in the military totally related to this issue? Perhaps you are unaware that just in the past week a man was arrested in California after murdering 2 gay men in Indianapolis? And, is it really too much of a jump for you that such crimes are not heard of because just as with Blacks many years ago…it is not even considered by many police, is not considered a ‘hate crime’ in most states of the Union, and isn’t it odd that Blacks weren’t permitted to marry at one time in this country (as a way of controlling them as well), and now the same is happening to Gays? — And sad that you say that Blacks would be responsible for that type of subjugation. —And, I guess you might think it is okay that sexual orientation can be used as a reason to fire/not hire because it is protected discrimination in most every state and there is no federal mandate that bans it? And, I personally know of people that have lost jobs only because they were gay. (And before you challenge that… know that I am one of them and almost a year later had a legal decision that said I deserved compensation due to an inappropriate termination without cause. — Since then, it has been legislated that it is okay to terminate if someone is gay (by virtue of outlawing it failing. That has been used in legal decisions to support that the legislature’s intent said it was okay. —That is one state too many.) — So perhaps, the prejudice needs some self-examination by your post and several others here.

errr…..don’t ppl know that obama does not support same sex marriage?? ppl have so many misconceptions. maybe if they actually followed or read things he wanted for this country instead of getting it second hand, we would have a different person leading this country.

I love her in New Christine, she’s so hilarious.

why do you want to get married
just put a ring on and pretend
i have no problem with gays at all but its not what god intended

:)

BECKY SMITH @ 11/16/2008 at 12:33 pm

Why not get the first pregnant man to show up at the rallies… Since
annoucing that they are having a second child..

BECKY SMITH @ 11/16/2008 at 12:33 pm

Why not get the first pregnant man to show up at the rallies… Since
annoucing that they are having a second child..

I was married in a catholic church and I had to wait a year and take many many classes to get married and I believe that gay people should have the right to get married!! My religion has NO business being in the lives of others. I really do believe that this is a civil rights issue because people are basically telling other people they can’t do something because of who they are. That **** doesn’t make any sense!

you can not single out a group of individuals and tell them they have limited rights while another groups are free to do as they wish!

Decades ago people didn’t think Black people should get the same rights as White people. They were proven wrong.
Nowadays, people don’t think Gay and lesbians should be afforded the same rights as White, Black and every other race of people. I thing society will look back in a couple more years and feel the same thing – that they were wrong at the time.

I never knew she was gay. Then again, I’ve only seen her in Monster-in-Law, and she’s one of the only decent things about that film.

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