"In our times of darkness, I ask my brothers and sisters to join me in this fight. For themselves, for their freedom, for their country, for their children and their children who stand a strong chance of inheriting their parent’s illness. We will not win our rights by staying quietly in the shadows. We have to come out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions, the easy answers they sell to the desperate. We are coming out to tell the truth about mental illness, for I’m tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I’m going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. You must come out. Come out to your parents, to your friends. Come out for your friends, your family, and let our collective voices show the world who we are.
Our silence has killed us long enough."
A speech by Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected in the United States. This man was much more than a gay rights activist, he was a beacon of hope for all people across our country. I really admire him, and his work, which he died as a martyr fighting for. Check this out, as well as the Academy Award nominated film, Milk. A truly amazing story.