Also, Does AIDS Quilt Belong In "Coming Out" Category?

TR Knight Comes Out For Coming Out

National Coming Out Day’s less than 48 hours away, but TR Knight’s so psyched that he’s filmed a PSA for GLAAD. The Grey’s Anatomy actor wants the world to know: “Gay and transgendered people are part of every community. We are your neighbors, your coworkers, your family…”

Ain’t no getting rid of us, so might as well learn to love us!

Meanwhile, in other NCOD news, GLAAD’s linked the October 11th event with the 20th anniversary of the AIDS quilt:

National Coming Out Day is observed every October 11. This year is especially meaningful, as 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington and the unfurling of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall.

One reader asked us what we think of this potentially awkward association. Certainly HIV/AIDS isn’t simply a gay issue, but the closet (NCOD’s sworn enemy) has contributed to the spread of the virus. Thus, the dual celebration does have some merit. We’re a bit torn on where we stand, but we’d love to hear what you kids have to say. Should GLAAD tie the AIDS quilt in with NCOD?