Comedian Wanda Sykes came out publicly Nov. 15 at a Las Vegas rally against California’s Proposition 8.
“When California passed Prop 8 … I felt like I was being attacked, personally attacked, our community was attacked,” Sykes said. “I got married Oct. 25. 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 and, not necessarily in the closet, but I was just living my life. Everybody that knows me personally, they know I'm gay. And that’s the way people should be able to live their lives. We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something that we automatically should have as citizens of this country. And I got pissed off. They pissed me off. I said, You know what, now I gotta get in your face. And that’s what we all have to do now.”
Sykes said, as others have, that the passage of Prop. 8 did have an upside.
“They pissed off the wrong group of people,” she said. “They have galvanized a community. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we are not going to settle for less.”
The Las Vegas rally was part of a national day of protest against Prop. 8 that saw demonstrations in 300 U.S. cities and towns, including such unlikely places as Allentown, Fargo, Fayetteville, La Crosse, Macon, Shreveport and Missoula.
In California, there were protests Nov. 15 in 58 separate towns and cities.