Comedian Wanda Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led to her be more outspoken about being gay.
“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,” Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Sykes, who is known for her feisty and blunt style, said the passage of California’s Proposition 8 made her feel like she was “attacked.”
“Now, I gotta get in their face,” she said. “I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”
‘Soul Train’ host hit with three charges
The Los Angeles city attorney has charged Don Cornelius, former host of “Soul Train,” in connection with two domestic incidents involving his wife last month.
Cornelius was charged with spousal battery, assault with a deadly weapon and dissuading a witness from making a police report, all misdemeanors, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said Friday.
The married 72-year-old producer was taken to jail last month after police were called to his Hollywood Hills home following a report of domestic dispute.
Cornelius was released on $50,000 bail. He could face up to one year in prison for each of the five misdemeanor charges.