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Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American writer, stand-up comedian and actress. She is known for her blunt comedic observations on current events, the differences between the sexes and races, and the human condition. Sykes was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in the Washington, D.C. area.In 2004 Entertainment Weekly named her as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She has won an Emmy for her writing as well as numerous other awards.In October 2008, Wanda Sykes appeared in a television ad for the Think Before You Speak Campaign, an advertising campaign by GLSEN aimed at curbing homophobic slang in youth communities. In the 30-second spot, she uses humour to scold a teenager for saying "that's so gay" when he really means "that is so bad."In October 2008, she married her female partner, Alex, in California, whom she met in 2006. In November 2008, she publicly came out as lesbian while at a same-sex marriage rally in Las Vegas regarding Proposition 8, which forbids new marriages of same-sex couples in California. Alex gave birth to twins Olivia Lou and Lucas Claude on April 27, 2009.Sykes expressed her excitement over the presidential election of Barack Obama, and feeling "crushed" after California voters passed state Proposition 8. She has continued to be active in same-sex marriage issues hosting events and emceeing fundraisers.