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Gay Iconography: Why We Love Wanda Sykes


Humor has always been a powerful tool for the LGBT movement, both to increase the visibility of LGBT entertainers and to call out hypocrisy and injustice.

In recent years, writer-comedian Wanda Sykes has emerged as a loud, proud voice in the ongoing fight for LGBT equality. Quick-witted and sharp-tongued, Sykes style of observational humor is perfectly positioned for her to speak out on issues including same-sex marriage, homophobia and hate-speech. As an LGBT woman of color, she’s also discussed her experience in terms of gender and race.

Before her career as a stand-up comedian, Sykes actually started working at the NSA. Her foray into stand-up led her to form a friendship with Chris Rock, and she would go on to win an Emmy for her writing on his show. She’s appeared on Will & Grace, Curb Your Enthusiasm and, recently, on Amazon’s original series Alpha House. She’s helmed her own shows, Wanda At Large, Wanda Does It and The Wanda Sykes Show, as well comedy specials Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired, Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me and, her recent comedy showcase on OWN, Herlarious.

Still, we like Wanda best when she gets political. Check out some of our favorite clips of Wanda talking about issues, AFTER THE JUMP

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What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Teen Wolf' Returns, Stevie Nicks Gets Witchy


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— The boys of Teen Wolf are back tonight at 10 p.m. on MTV. Fan-favorite character Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) copes with the whole being briefly dead thing, and the rest of gang likely tear their shirts and growl at each other. So, you know, count us in.

More picks and clips, including Stevie Nicks' Horror Story debut and the return of Cougar Town's drinking buddies, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tonight on TV: Oprah's Gay Double Feature — VIDEO


Tonight starting at 9 pm ET, Oprah is hosting a gay-themed edition of Oprah's Next Chapter speaking with Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, comedienne Wanda Sykes, and Scandal's Dan Bucatinsky about gay issues. The discussion is followed by the premiere of Bridegroom, the Linda Bloodworth Thomason-directed documentary about what happened to Shane Bitney Crone after his boyfriend Tom's sudden death.

Watch previews of both shows, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Do African-Americans Have 'Special Responsibility' To Support Equality?

GayblackIn an opinion piece at the New York Daily News today, John McWhorter, author of the provocative book Losing The Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, argues that though African-Americans' opinions on gay rights are basically on par with the rest of the nation, they have a greater obligation to stand up for equality.

From that piece, called "Gay Really Is The New Black:"

The percentage of blacks who favor gay marriage is about the same now as the percentage of whites, according to a Pew poll taken during the last election season. "One of the striking results in the 2012 exit polls was the support for legalizing gay marriage among black voters," that poll noted.

However, rising support isn't enough — we must keep going. When Michael Richards spouted the N-word on stage, he was shamed by the nation for weeks. It won't do for Tracy Morgan to get a mere slap on the hand for crowing that he would stab his son if he turned out to be were gay.

As a consequence of its painful heritage, black America has a special responsibility: to be further ahead of the curve than whites on accepting gay people as full citizens.

The Bible cannot be used as an excuse to hold us back. We should remember that racists once also appealed to the Bible to justify segregation, slavery and all manners of hatred. Let's be progressive for real this time around.

McWhorter goes on to say the real test will come when a closeted black celebrity comes out, someone really A-list. "Wanda Sykes, Don Lemon and rapper Frank Ocean have been noble pioneers — but then again, none are megastars or play romantic parts," he writes.

LGBT Celebrities Speak Out for Obama: VIDEO


Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chaz Bono, George Takei, Zachary Quinto, Wanda Sykes, and Billie Jean King speak out about Obama's LGBT accomplishments and what it means to them in a new video for the campaign.


And remember, get out and vote!

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Wanda Sykes To Headline Logo's Election Coverage


Gay cable channel Logo has caught election fever. The Hollywood Reporter passes on word that the Viacom-owned outlet will air two civic-minded specials before the November election.

The first will air directly after the Democrats and Republicans wrap up their national conventions and the other hits the waves on election eve. Both are being hosted by out comedienne Wanda Sykes, who said "I'm excited to be working with Logo, the network that offers a voice to the LGBT community."

"These specials will be thought provoking, exciting and the perfect forum to discuss important issues facing our community. Plus, it is Logo so maybe I'll get to dress in drag!”

Logo General Manager Lisa Sherman had a more measured tone about it all, telling THR, "While there has been much progress in civil rights for LGBT Americans over the course of the past few years, this is a crucial time for our community and our quest for equality on all fronts. Wanda will be the perfect host for the specials, providing her one-of-a-kind take on LGBT concerns and challenges."


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