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Comedian Wanda Sykes says she ‘shocked herself’ by publicly coming out

Christopher Brocklebank June 3, 2011

Lesbian comedian Wanda Sykes has said she had “no intention” of publicly coming out at a gay rights rally back in 2008 and was shocked by her own frankness about her sexuality.

Sykes was part a group of protesters in Las Vegas rallying against the Proposition 8 legislation, which made void LGBT marriages in California.

During her speech, Sykes revealed that she had secretly married her female partner shortly before same-sex marriages were banned. She said: “Everybody who knows me personally, they know I’m gay. And that’s the way people should be able to live [their] lives, really. We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something we automatically should have as citizens of this country.”

Sykes told Piers Morgan on his US talk show this week: “I had no intention of making that speech. I was just there as one of the crowd for support. I kinda shocked myself when I was in the middle of it.

“I felt liberated. The best thing is now – not that I was hiding before – there’s absolutely nothing to hide. I am what I am, this is it. Now there’s nothing I can’t say.”

She added that it taken her parents a while to come round, but that “time, and also my attitude helped. It’s more about communication. It’s a big moment, telling your parents.”

Sykes said that married life with her partner Alex was “great – I’m very happy.”

 

 

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