What do a former Marine, several peace activists, a handful of ministers, an interracial lesbian couple, and an average Joe have in common?
By week's end, their faces will grace five billboards posted throughout the city in conjunction with National Coming Out Day, an internationally observed event promoting discussion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) issues held on October 11th.
The billboards, paid for by the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC), also advertise the center's website.
"The community center needs to come out and say two things: We're not afraid of being honest about who we are, and we're not ashamed of who we are," said Will Batts, director of the MGLCC. "We are beyond the point where we're going to let other people tell us to be quiet or ashamed or fearful because they might fire us or kick us out of church."
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