Every year, I post on this day, National Coming Out Day, to send love and support to my dear friends who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered. It takes a great deal of courage to be who you are in this world; it takes a great deal more courage to be yourself when so many in society respond with hate and bigotry.
So to my friends out there who are gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, I salute you. I salute your determination to be who you are. I salute your courage in living openly and bravely in a world that all too often tries to deny you your civil rights and your very humanity. I love you and stand with you.