Wanda Sykes Remembers That Time She Accidentally Came Out To America

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 10.19.25 AM“It just came out. I had just gotten married. So instead of speaking as a supporter, I was speaking as one of the victims. It just happened. I didn’t even think about it.

We continued with the rally and by the time I got to the hotel, I’m looking at the CNN scroll and it says, ‘Comedienne Wanda Sykes: I’m proud to be black and gay’ and whatever, I was like, ‘Oh lord. What the hell just happened?’ It was crazy.

It was funny though, because especially being an African-American celebrity who’s out, it was like they started treating me like a unicorn. We’ve never seen one of you before! It’s like me and RuPaul. I guess that’s it.”

— Wanda Sykes on The Meredith Vieira Show, reflecting on coming out at a Prop 8 rally in 2008.