Wanda Sykes 'proud to be gay'

Same-sex marriage ban made her feel 'attacked'

LAS VEGAS -- Comedian Wanda Sykes said the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led her to be more outspoken about being gay.

"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 Saturday during a gay-rights rally in Las Vegas.

"Everybody that knows me personally, they know I'm gay," she said. "But that's the way people should be able to live their lives."

Sykes, known for her feisty and blunt style, said the passage this month of California's Proposition 8 made her feel she had been "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."

Sykes' appearance at the Las Vegas rally surprised organizers. She was in town performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.