IUC Exclusive: Bestselling Author Dean Elated to see Black Celeb Wanda Sykes admit she’s Dyke
Sykes wants the world to finally know she’s a dyke and Terrance Dean is having a celebration in her honor. Dean, author of the Essence best-selling memoir, Hiding In Hip Hop, told IUC he’s elated to see Wanda Sykes, a black celebrity, come out of the closet. Dean’s provocative and explosive memoir discussed the down low life of many celebrities, rappers, and actors who live secret double lives.
“How brave and courageous for a black celebrity to finally come out,” Terrance Dean said. “What so many in Hollywood are afraid to do, especially blacks, Wanda Sykes has taken a step foward. This is a milestone of firsts in our community of black celebrities who will be coming out.”
“I have been saying that within the year a major celebrity will be coming out. In my book, Hiding In Hip Hop, I have discussed many celebrities who live secret lives and how we in the entertainment industry know, but the public is unsuspecting. Wanda has taken a giant step and trust me, others will be following.”
At the Las Vegas rally for Proposition 8 yesterday, Wanda Sykes, who stars on the hit show, The New Adventures of Old Christine told a massive crowd of onlookers that she’d gotten married on October 25…to a woman. After divorcing her husband in 1998.
Here’s what she told the crowd:
“I thought, man we are moving in the right direction. And then at about 11 o’clock I was crushed. We took a huge leap forward and then got dragged 12 feet back. I felt like I was being attacked, personally attacked, our community was attacked. I got married Oct. 25. I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I felt like I was living my life. I wasn’t in the closet, but I was just living my life. Everybody who knows me personally, they know I’m gay. And that’s the way people should be able to live our lives, really. We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something we automatically should have as citizens of this country. They pissed off the wrong group of people. They have galvanized a community. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we shouldn’t have to settle for less. Instead of having gay marriage in California, no, we’re gonna have gay marriage across the country. When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York. I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay.”
“I am very proud of Wanda Sykes,” Dean said. “Way to go! How brave and empowering it is to see you stand up, be proud, and speak out. Thank you for being a first in the black community of celebrities. Thank you for being a trailblazer. Now maybe others will take your cue and follow suit.”