REFLECTIONS…of a somber National Day.

Today, on National Coming Out Day, I came out to support my lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender sisters and brothers who in 2010 are still facing persecution, ridicule, harassment, unlawful imprisonment, and are being beaten and murdered by homophobic, right-wing and religious zealots.

I came out for Matthew Shepard, 13-year-old Asher Brown from Texas; 13-year-old Seth Walsh from Tehachapi, CA; 15-year-old Lawrence King from Oxnard, CA;15-year-old Justin Aaberg;  16-year-old Jack Frew from Scotland; 15-year-old Jason Mattison from Maryland; 17-year-old Cheyenne Williams from Kentucky; 19-year-old Sachin Nandgawale of Bombay, India; 19-year-old Tyler Clementi from Rutgers University; middle school principal Brian Betts from Washington, D.C.;  Eudy Simelane from South Africa; Roxanne Ellis and Michelle Abdill from Stockton, CA; the 64 gay/lesbian soldiers believed to have died in battle since the start of the War in Iraq in 2003, and all the LGBT community who continue to fight for their right to exist as equals, including the over 15,000 men and women in uniform discharged from the military over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and the millions of LGBT who have been denied their human right to marry and adopt children in need of a home and someone to love them.

It is for them that I came out in support and in solidarity.

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