My brother recently took a huge step in his life and came out as gay. His situation is unique in that he had the opportunity to come out via national forum. Rod just completed his second term for the Young Democrats of America and decided that before he retired, he had some unfinished business to take care of. Last week he penned a letter that was posted for not only Young Dems, but for the world.
The response he has received over the last week has been incredible. He has been showered with love and appreciation for his willingness to be so public about something that is ordinarily so private. Rod was willing to share his personal journey to acceptance because of his love for justice and equality. He did so in hopes of encouraging others who are struggling with their own sexuality, to open up the doors for more communication within our communities, and to help further the fight for gay rights.
This afternoon he was interviewed on MSNBC to discuss his process of coming out as a Christian gay man. It overwhelms my heart with happiness and pride to watch how articulate and confident my brother has become.
Please take a moment to watch this six minute interview. Sharing this amongst each other creates more opportunities to generate positive conversations and to help open hearts and minds. There has been a trend since the initial release of his letter. The hashtag #StandWithRod and #WithRod has been attached to the social media surrounding this topic and has functioned as another avenue to show support for my brother. Would you please add it to your shares as well? Lets stand with Rod and help spread this message of hope to others.