START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Comedian Wanda Sykes — LGBT History Month Day 28

Comedian Wanda Sykes — LGBT History Month Day 28


Today’s LGBT History Month icon is comedian and actress Wanda Sykes.

Born March 7, 1974, Sykes is an Emmy award-winning comedian and actor praised for being one of the most entertaining women of her generation. She was the first African-American and first openly gay master of ceremonies for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

Biography via Equality Forum:

Sykes was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and raised in the Washington, D.C., area. Her father, an Army colonel, worked in the Pentagon; her mother worked as a bank manager.

At a young age, Sykes discovered her passion for making people laugh. She was outspoken and entertaining in high school. In 1986, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Hampton University and began working for the National Security Agency (NSA).

Sykes’s stand-up career began spontaneously at a talent showcase. She quickly made close friends in the comedy world, including rising star Chris Rock. She was a performer and writer for “The Chris Rock Show” and won the 1999 Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy special. In 2002, Sykes won her second Emmy for her work on “Inside the NFL.”

In 2003, Sykes launched her first television show, “Wanda at Large.” On the show, she played Wanda Hawkins, an unsuccessful stand-up comic hired to be a correspondent on a political talk show. Sykes acknowledged, “Wanda Hawkins is basically me personified. We have the same attitude, the same point of view–pointing out hypocrisies in the way we see the world.”

Sykes has starred in “Wanda Does It,” “The Wanda Sykes Show” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” HBO has produced two Wanda Sykes comedy specials, “Sick & Tired” (2006) and “I’ma Be Me” (2009).

Sykes appeared in the feature films “Evan Almighty,” “Monster-In-Law” and “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” and provided the voice for characters in the animated films “Over The Hedge” and “The Barnyard.” Her first book, “Yeah, I Said It,” is a collection of comedic essays on current events, family and life.

In 2008, Sykes came out when she announced her own marriage while speaking at a rally for gay marriage. She lives in California with her wife, Alex, and their twins, Lucas and Olivia.

Below is a collection of videos from Sykes’ special “I’ma Be Me.” (Note: Swears are bleeped but viewer discretion advised.)


Gay vs. Black:

The Metric System:

Respecting the President:

The Obama Walk:

Death Panels:



“Biography.” Wanda Sykes 8 June 2011.

Malkin, Marc. “Old Christine’s Wanda Sykes: “I’m Proud to be Gay.”  E! Online 8 June 2011.

“Wanda Sykes Biography.”  Encyclopedia of World Biography.  8 June 2011.

“Wanda Sykes – Biography.” The Internet Movie Database. 8 June 2011.


Social Networking:


Stand-up Specials:




Read more: , , , , , , ,

Image taken from the LGBT History Month video.

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
10:30AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

I love her! One of my favorite actresses/comedians.

2:11PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Thank you Wanda....every time you called Jane Fonda a bitch or a slut in "Monsters in Law" endeared me to you more.

12:21PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Sykes is f*cking awesome!

1:53AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:26PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

She cracks me up. So talented!

6:16PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

One of my all-time favourites!!!

5:32PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Coming out black? Enjoyed that commentary.

5:16PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

What? No mention of her commentaries on CBS Sunday Morning? That's where I think she shines - in a forum unexpected, yet appropriate, where a whole different audience gets to know her. I think she's brilliant!

1:28PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

I love Wanda Sykes, wish there were more like her, she is a National Treasure.

1:25PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Wanda is wonderful. Now if we could just shove all those greedy, retarded, glazed eyed, low IQed, narrow minded, gay bashing Republican fundamentalist lunatics who are trying to take over our government into the OCEAN we could REALLY be rid of FRAUDS and HOMOPHOBES.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

No, the karyotype will not always reveal the "gender." A "testicular femme" is XX, but due to testosterone…

meet our writers

Steve Williams Steve Williams is a passionate supporter of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) rights, human... more
ads keep care2 free

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!