And she didn’t even need the cover of People to do it.
Having never (so?) publicly discussed her sexual orientation — but having made light of it on stage and on The New Adventures of Old Christine, where her character remains married to Julia Louis-Dreyfus — comedian Wanda Sykes surprised Las Vegas Prop 8 protesters by announcing she is gay and married her wife on Oct. 25. Why speak up now? Because of Prop 8’s passage. “I felt like I was being attacked, personally attacked – our community was attacked. … Now, I gotta get in their face. … I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay. … Instead of having gay marriage in California — no — we’re going to get it across the country.”
At 4:25, listen to an interview with Wanda about coming out. (She says she’s talked about being gay on stage before; this we didn’t know.) She also disagrees with the exit polling saying 70 percent of blacks voted for Prop 8. [Photo and audio via The Strip Podcast]
Update: Additional video below.