I am here today because I am gay. And because I’m tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain. Love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being.