The passing of Prop 8 in California is causing a lot of Hollywood stars to rush to the front line to protest its passing, but Wanda Sykes decided to take it a step further. According to our friends over at The Superficial, Wanda not only came out to support overturning Prop 8, she came out PERIOD. At a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday, she’s quoted as saying, “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, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life.” She went on to say, “Everybody that knows me personally they know I'm gay. But that's the way people should be able to live their lives.” Stating that the passage of Prop 8 made her feel “attacked”, the spunky comedienne vowed, “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.”
So she's a lesbian..or 'gayelle' if that word isn't your flavor anymore. Ok, moving on.
Many celebrities have come out to support overturning Proposition 8, from Drew Barrymore to Ellen Degeneres to Brad Pitt who gave money to fight it from passing initially. Sykes coming out of the closet does raise an important question: was it necessary for her to come out of the closet to show her support? Sykes could have stayed mum about her private life and her sexual preferences like so many stars before her but she decided that full disclosure was the best decision for her. Will that change her fan base? Will the people who voted for Prop 8 think differently? I personally don’t think so but I’m also a woman who has had a serious relationship with a woman and even though we didn’t make it, I believe we should have had the right to marry if we had.
Look, this isn’t mean to convince you of one thing or another, and I know gay marriage is a world-wide touchy subject, but I would ask all of us to consider what that means for all of our love lives. If a dictionary definition defies the way you love, should that mean your rights are diminished? Does the legalization of gay marriage really fly in the face of the idea of a union between two people that is meant to show the world that you are willing to deal with each other’s idiosyncrasies until death do you part? We’ve gotten over choosing a president based on the color of his skin. Can’t we stop defining the rights of others by what they choose to do behind closed doors?
What does this mean for your marriage, your future marriage/unions or your children’s rights in the future? Evidently, if people like Wanda and the thousands of others who are protesting Prop 8 are willing to throw their personal lives open because they believe in it that much, the discussion isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.