Rod Snyder, president of the Young Democrats of America [YDA] has also come out as gay in a he posted to the YDA website [HERE]:
I’m proud of the work that YDA has done in recent years on LGBT rights, whether it was our fight for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” our push for employment non-discrimination laws at the federal and state levels, or the remarkable strides toward full marriage equality across the country.
But in the midst of all this historic progress, I’ve never taken the opportunity to tell my own story – that I am a Christian, an American, a West Virginian, a Young Democrat, a rural advocate, a singer-songwriter, a brother, a son, a grandson, a nephew, an uncle, and a gay man.
While society is evolving at a breathtaking pace, there are still many places like my home state of West Virginia where I could be fired from a job or evicted from an apartment simply because of the person I love. I can’t sit by quietly and leave this fight for equality to others. This is my fight.
Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events; and in the total, of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
The LGBT rights movement is being written and advanced one personal story at a time – in living rooms and churches and schools and city halls and even the Supreme Court. Today I’m choosing to add mine to this long and courageous narrative. If my story changes even “a small portion of events,” then it is worth telling.
Welcome out, Rod, and please accept as our gift, a copy of The Gay Agenda and the obligatory Coming Out Toaster Oven.
Coming out is a process that we each take on, and make, at our own pace; the only thing we need to understand is that we all must come out in order to show the world our faces, to make the world understand our dreams and goals and desires, our want of equality.
You’ve made that first step, and I’m sure you’ll inspire others to follow suit.