Editor's Note: Guest blogger Charles Robbins, the executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
To those of us who slip into our rainbow-breasted leotards and pink capes to daily work for "truth, justice and the American way" for LGBTQ people, last week was worthy of celebration. While the foiling of Proposition 8 in California has been the center of much of the attention, I'd like to welcome the addition of a hero to our fight for equality. Last week, talk radio commentator Stephanie Miller publicly came out as a lesbian.
You might ask why yet another celebrity figure coming out is worthy of praise, but to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people - especially young people - who think they are alone out there, another out public figure is a lifeline to them. Every year at The Trevor Project, we talk to as many as 30,000 young people from every state in the U.S. who are considering ending their lives, and in many cases, their Trevor counselor is the first LGBTQ person or affirming ally they've ever been in contact with. To us, the more high profile people who take the step to come out and be role models for young people, the more lives will be saved.