VEBA Board member Cordel Faulk's editorial in Sunday's Richmond Times Dispatch entitled "A Proud Virginian: Come Out
" reminds us of Harvey Milk's admonition to come out "[f]or your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters..."
"It still is as important as ever that gay Virginians stand up and boldly live an authentic life, so everyone who lives with and loves them sees a human face attached to the struggle for equality."
The editorial is particularly timely, as news of the Supreme Court's action on same sex marriage becomes widespread. Says Faulk, "[s]ome bad stuff might happen because you come out — but even better stuff will happen, too. Living an authentic life and being able to truly fall in love is living. Suffocating in a closet is biding time until you die. Gay brothers and sisters ... You must come out."