I know it is not always safe to be out where we live and work, but we can look for new communities, jobs and homes where it will be safe, because we all deserve to live openly and freely and safely. I believe remaining invisible and dishonest about who we are is no way to live and chips away at our physical and mental health until we are just empty shells of who we might have been. It also sends a message, the wrong message, to the detractors, homophobes, the religious right and, worst of all, to our youth struggling with their sexuality that there is something to be ashamed of or that there is something wrong with being gay.
Living in shame or secrecy is no way to live. You deserve better. We deserve better. They deserve better. So kick open that closet door and come out. You could help change hearts and minds and even save lives.
Including your own.