False belief systems...call them religions, cults, myths, etc....are a clear and present danger to us all. Education is key. Leading by example is critical. When someone stands up with a face, a smile, and a full name, and says "I'm gay, and it's o.k." IT SAVES LIVES. Cowering in the closet neither advances understanding, nor helps folks who are suffering. That's why I WILL NEVER BE AN ENABLER TO CLOSET CASES. NEVER.
In 1969, my gay uncle, then 19, was called a queer by his 1 year younger brother over 4'th of July weekend. He promptly went home, took a 30.06, stuck it his mouth, blew the back of his head all over his bedroom wall, and his mother found him a few hours later. That's why I am the way I am about not empowering closet cases. It's a very harmful thing. No person should ever feel that they are less than and that life is not worth living.
I've ALWAYS been out. It's not a big deal. I know I'm o.k. and I always let folks know. It's in my Linked In, and my Facebook. You see, I'm Chuck Gudgel; I'm gay; it's o.k.
LEAD; don't cower. Cowering empowers the ignorant, does not let young folks know they are not alone, and does not advance understanding.