Happy National Coming Out Day, To One And All

Coming_out_day Today, October 11, is not only Columbus Day, it's also National Coming Out Day, 24 blessed hours in which the nation, particularly LGBT communities and their pals, discuss the importance of coming out.

In light of recent suicides and horrific hate crimes in one of the States' most gay-friendly cities, this year's "National Coming Out Day," the 22nd annual, carries even more significance, so share your story, if you will, in the comments section.

My story: age 18, spring break of freshman year, while my mother was recovering from surgery, I blurted it out, after being inspired by my "straight" hair dresser. My mother's response: "I know, and I love you anyway."

Warms the cockles of my heart…