Breaking Down Barriers: Famous and Prominent Queer Black Women

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Wanda Sykes

Sykes wanted to share her support of gay rights by announcing she’s gay and her advocacy. “I am proud to be gay!” she said at a rally in November 2008 against California’s anti-gay Prop 8. Sykes also said, “I got married October 25th. My wife is here. I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation, I didn’t think I had to. I was just living my life. I wasn’t necessarily in the closet, I was just living my life. Everyone that knows me personally, they know I’m gay.

She continued with, “If we had equal rights. We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something that we automatically should have as citizens of this country. But I got pissed off. I said now I got to get in your face. And that’s what we all have to do now.”

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