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Wanda Sykes called in to Rosie O'Donnell's Sirius radio show to talk about a wide range of topics, including how Wanda met her wife, Alex (on Fire Island), and what it felt like for both comics to come out.
O'Donnell remembered that she felt "stalked" and pressured to come out by former Advocate editor in chief Judy Wieder: "She'd be at every event I was at and she'd say, 'I really want to talk to you about coming out. When are you going to come out?' It felt like pressure from the gay community, not really anyone else."
Sykes said she never felt pressure from other gay people but that it was difficult coming out to her family: "We're still working on it. They're getting better with it. I know they love me, but ... " Sykes said the real problem for her family was the double stigma of being gay in the black community.
Sykes says her mother said to her, "If it ever gets out, I hope I'm dead."