A recent CBS News poll shows something we should already know: increased LGBT visibility means increased support for LGBT people.
The increasing visibility of gay and lesbian Americans appears to have contributed toward more positive perceptions of homosexual relations. Forty-three percent of Americans currently see homosexual relations between consenting adults as "wrong" - a drop of 19 percentage points from a Gallup poll taken in 1978.
But, coming out is not enough. We need to ask our friends and family to support us on issues like marriage.
That video was created by Freedom to Marry, where I serve as New Media Director, to engage marriage supporters in a national campaign to repeal the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" and win marriage nationwide. Watch the video, then share it with friends and family.
By having conversations with friends, family, and co-workers about marriage we'll put a human face on the issue outside of heated ballot campaigns and give our straight friends the opportunity to support us.
While Freedom to Marry's work focuses on marriage, the importance of building support is crucial for the full range of LGBT issues from ENDA to LGBT youth.
As Harvey Milk said at the 1978 San Francisco Gay Pride Parade,
On this anniversary of Stonewall, I ask my gay sisters and brothers to make the commitment to fight. For themselves, for their freedom, for their country...Gay people, we will not win our rights by staying silently in our closets...We are coming out. We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions. We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am 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, your relatives.
Equality, whether we like it or not, costs and right here is where we have to pay in sweat.