Karen Ocamb

NAACP Convention: Wanda Sykes on Ex-Gay Therapy [VIDEO]

Filed By Karen Ocamb | July 31, 2011 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: ex-gay ministries, NAACP, pray away the gay, Wanda Sykes

At the first-ever NAACP town hall on LGBT issues last Monday, July 25, lesbian actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes talked about how the black church preaches that being gay is "an abomination" so she tried hard to pretend she wasn't a lesbian, including getting married. But then she realized that something was wrong, "Hey, you don't have breasts. That's what it is." She said "praying away the gay" doesn't work and leads to alcoholism and other problems.

Recently out CNN anchor Don Lemon moderated that panel during the NAACP's 102nd convention at the LA Convention Center and also said that "praying away the gay" didn't work for him either.

Video by Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges of TraipsingThruFilms for LGBT POV and Frontiers In LA. We will have more coverage of the convention in the coming days.

(Crossposted at LGBT POV)


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Just pointing out that while there certainly were a lot of positive things going on there for sure, this was not actually a meeting by or for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) folks, but for lesbian women and gay men only. No representatives from either the bisexual or trans communities were actually invited to participate.

Again, this is not to say that what happened was not ground breaking, long over due and did not produce some important results that we sure do hope will continue to be built on.

And of course we also do hope that in the future that the good people at the NAACP will consider including representatives from the many national, regional and local groups who do represent transfolk and bisexual people as well. However at this time the article does misrepresent who attended and what the actual focus was.

Perhaps that misleading wording could be corrected?

dharmapupil | August 1, 2011 5:48 AM

The only mention I've previously seen of Ms. Sykes' appearance was in a Black newsfeed, and there her appearance was headlined as "awkward".
You had to read the article to see that the author meant "for the NAACP" because of their traditional ties with the Black churches who vehemently oppose gay marriage. Across the hallway from this forum was the church group restating their opposition.