Leading from the Left

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wanda Sykes and "Prop H8"

When I last wrote about same sex marriage and the passage of Proposition 8 in California, I posited that there was a void to be filled. Namely, there is an important role for prominent African-American gay people to play in terms of engaging black Americans in a productive conversation about LGBT equal rights. There are some conversations that are best held "within the family" and that could be led by folks like Wanda Sykes, Queen Latifah, and Donna Brazile.

Well, Wanda Sykes is now out there and working her behind off. Here's a video clip of her speech at a Prop 8 rally in Las Vegas yesterday.

The passage of California's antigay, discriminatory Proposition 8 has led to nearly two weeks of protests nationwide, including a rally yesterday in Raleigh which I attended. Approximately 1400 determined LGBT folks and our allies rallied behind the state legislative meeting and marched to the Governor's mansion. People are energized and ready to fight. The passage of "Prop H8" feels like a seminal moment for the LGBT community, much like the Stonewall Riots in 1969.