Tonight marks the first night of Passover, which signifies the Israelites escape from Egypt and their move toward liberation. Every year I begin to think about the Passover story a few weeks before the holiday begins. As I was reflecting on the holiday and what it signifies, I (once again) thought about how the Passover story can resonate within the GLBT community. The Jews were oppressed, living in a harsh and painful world. But they didn't know any other way to live. When they reached the desert and had little provisions, many of them wanted to go back to Egypt. I think of coming out as a GLBT person's exodus. It is not done easily, and it takes a lot of thought and deliberation. I'm sure there are times when they have wanted to go back in the closet, where it may not be ideal, but it's comfortable. As the Jews wandered the Sinai desert, they had to come to terms with who they were and who they wanted to be. GLBT people must do the same wandering and soul-searching, and decide how they want to live. I admire anyone who does this difficult work - I saw my son struggle and it's not easy. At this time of year, when there is more light and the world is green again, I wish you all an easy journey as you pursue your personal exodus.