Out comedian Wanda Sykes debuts new show this Saturday on Fox
Dear GLAAD Supporter, Comedian Wanda Sykes braves the late-night talk show boys club with the premiere of The Wanda Sykes Show this Saturday on Fox. We congratulate Sykes for being the first openly gay woman and only the third woman overall to headline a late-night show on a major network. We urge you to watch the premiere and let Fox know you support Wanda Sykes and LGBT inclusive programming. The show offered GLAAD an exclusive clip to share with our supporters:
As she does in her recent HBO hit comedy special “I’ma Be Me,” Sykes will lend her biting commentary to a range of topics: news, politics, sports, pop culture and her new role as wife and mother. Sykes will put her personal touch on the week’s hot topics, with a mix of stand-up, field pieces and panel discussions with famous friends and guests.
Sykes also appears on “The New Adventures in Old Christine” on CBS, which received a GLAAD Media Award in 2009 for Outstanding Individual Episode-Television for shedding a light on job discrimination faced by same-sex couples. An outspoken advocate for equality, Sykes brought attention to the No on Prop. 8 campaign last year when she appeared at a pre-election Las Vegas rally and proclaimed, “I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay."
It’s so important that Americans get to know the diversity of our community and hear stories about loving and committed couples, like Wanda and her partner.
When people hear stories like Wanda’s in their living rooms, it sparks the conversations that are changing people’s hearts and minds. We hope that her presence will continue to shine a light on the diverse experiences of women, Black women and gay and lesbian people in this country.
Right now GLAAD is working with individuals and families across the country to spotlight their own stories in local communities – places like Maine where marriage equality was taken away from gay and lesbian couples this week and in Maryland where we are working with the Maryland Black Family Alliance to amplify the voices of African Americans and their support for equality.
As more and more people get to know our community and our stories, the public support for our equality is growing. We wish Wanda Sykes a successful debut and urge you to follow in her footsteps by sharing your own personal stories.
Truly, Jarrett Barrios President, GLAAD
Taj Paxton Director of Entertainment Media, GLAAD
About GLAAD The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
For examples of our work, visit www.glaad.org/snapshots.
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