National Coming Out Day is October 11th. Coming Out is a tremendously brave step in an LGBT person's journey. The family of Tyler Clementi sits down with LGBT advocate and Faith in America founder Mitchell Gold to talk about love and acceptance for LGBT people. Take a moment to read the interview and learn how you can be an ally to the LGBT people in your life. This is an important message that all youth and parents need to read. It matters because we all have an LGBT person in our life.

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Joseph and Jane Clementi

Joseph and Jane Clementi are the loving parents of Tyler Clementi. Since losing their son, the couple has been on a journey of loss, discovery, and action. They founded The Tyler Clementi Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe and inclusive spaces for LGBT and vulnerable youth, their families and their allies. As a married couple, they have shared the tragic experience of losing a son and have a powerful message to deliver to other parents. As individuals, they each come from their own perspective to focus on different key points.

Joseph Clementi’s core message is about turning Bystanders into Upstanders. His view is that there are three people involved in any type of bullying situation: the bully, the victim, and the bystander who witnesses but does not act. Joseph wants to share his message that bystanders to bullying have an obligation to get involved and defend those who are targeted.

Jane Clementi’s core message is one of religious acceptance. Jane wants to see the concept of “sin” disassociated from homosexuality. She believes that churches and people of faith can and should embrace gay people, and that doing so will save families and lives.

Since the death of their son, the Clementi’s have spoken and presented papers at numerous events including NJ DARE 2012 Annual Conference in Atlantic City, CAPS Long Island, Rutgers University 2011 Symposium, the Federal Reserve of NY, BNP and Wells Fargo.

James Clementi

James Clementi is the older brother of Tyler Clementi. The loss of his brother was a life altering event for James, and sent him on a path of activism and awareness for bullying, suicide prevention, and LGBT rights. Like his brother Tyler, James is gay. The core part of his message is the equality of LGBT people in our society and the devastating consequences of bullying on our young people. Bullying that happens face-to-face and online through social media has become an epidemic among our youth. James is focused on reaching out to college students, using Tyler’s story as a tool to reinforce the inherent value of each life. Respect, love and equality are the key components of his message. James envisions a youth culture where kindness is cool, and respect is the norm.

James has written about his experience for Out Magazine, spoken at events such as the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles First Annual Voice Awards as well as television programs Anderson Cooper 360 and Rock Center with Brian Williams, and has blogged about bullying in The Huffington Post.

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Jane Clementi

Jane Clementi co-founded the Tyler Clementi Foundation alongside husband Joe because she wants to make sure that our society learns the consequences of discrimination and bullying, as she learned all too personally through the loss of her son. A native of New Jersey and devoted mother of three sons, Jane speaks passionately to parents and community leaders about the need to not merely "accept" or "tolerate" children who come out as LGBT, but to embrace them as wondrous creations of God. Jane, a registered nurse, speaks on the need for parents of LGBT children to come out and speak openly of the love they have for their children, and in doing so each one of us can impact the world around us and create accepting environments. Since losing Tyler, Jane's spiritual journey has continued to carry and transform her in ways she never would have imagined. She left her church home of many years because she felt that while sitting in the pews of a church that condemned LGBT people she was herself a bystander to bullying. Jane leads an inspirational life through her unique experience which she shares with other parents, and speaks passionately about the need to divorce the concept of "sin" from homosexuality. She has made difficult choices in an impossible situation, and leads by example. She has spoken out in support of LGBT rights and the need for families and communities to embrace their LGBT populations. Jane has spoken at BNP Paribas Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a variety of universities including The College of New Jersey, high schools and churches.

Joseph Clementi

As a co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Joseph Clementi has worked tirelessly to share the story of his personal loss with public audiences at a variety of organizations. Joseph, a New Jersey-based civil engineer, is the proud father of Tyler Clementi, and the loss of his son has put Joseph's life on a course of activism for LGBT and vulnerable youth across the United States. Having come of age in an era where the capabilities of modern technology (social networking websites, webcams, cell phones, camera phones, etc.) didn't exist, Joseph had his entire world changed when he learned of the ways in which technology intensifies and exacerbates the issues around youth bullying. Additionally, Joseph has been affected in a very personal manner by the ways in which targeting someone because of their sexual orientation can be especially harmful to the victim. Joseph is speaking out because he wants to use his experience as an educational tool and a way to help reach other people who struggle with feeling isolated, uncared for or misunderstood in schools and homes, the areas where they should feel most valued. The primary message that he wants to spread is his goal of turning "Bystanders into Upstanders." His view is that there are three people involved in any type of bullying situation: the bully, the victim, and the bystander who sees it but does nothing to help. Joseph wants to share his message that bystanders to hostile behavior have an obligation to get involved and defend those who are targeted. Joseph has spoken out at a number of institutions, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Long Island Child Abuse Protection Services, Rutgers University 2011 Symposium and CONTACT We Care Suicide Hotline's 2012 Annual Gala.

James Clementi

James Clementi is the older brother of Tyler Clementi. The loss of his brother was a life altering event for James, and sent him on a path of activism and awareness for bullying, suicide prevention, and LGBT rights. Like his brother Tyler, James is gay. The core part of his message is the equality of LGBT people in our society and the devastating consequences of bullying on our young people. Bullying that happens face-to-face and online through social media has become an epidemic among our youth. James is focused on reaching out to LGBT and vulnerable youth, using Tyler's story as a tool to reinforce the inherent value of each life. Respect, love and equality are the key components of his message. James envisions a youth culture where kindness is cool, and respect is the norm. James has written about his experience for Out Magazine, spoken at events such as the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles' First Annual Voice Awards as well as television programs Anderson Cooper 360 and Rock Center with Brian Williams, and has blogged about bullying in The Huffington Post.

Sean M. Kosofsky, Executive Director

Recently, Sean M. Kosofsky was the Executive Director for Amplify US. Amplify US was created to drive a research and data-driven agenda for charitable organizations working on social change. From 2009-2013 he was the Executive Director for Blueprint North Carolina, a statewide collaboration that brings together over 50 public interest advocacy organizations to shape policy and increase voter turnout. Blueprint provides staff support to partner organizations and delivers hundreds of thousands of dollars in training, technology and funding to them each year.

Kosofsky is the former Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice NC, where he helped direct their work on the successful passage of comprehensive sex-education through the NC General Assembly in the spring of 2009.

Prior to NARAL, Kosofsky was the Director of Policy for Michigan's leading LGBT advocacy organization, the Triangle Foundation (now Equality Michigan). Among other accomplishments, Kosofsky helped introduce and build support for the eventual passage of Michigan’s anti-bullying statute (Matt’s Safe Schools Law).

Kosofsky is a former board member and co-chair of the Equality Federation, the largest LGBT lobbying and activist network in the nation. In that role, he worked to grow state and local LGBT activism aggressively in every U.S. state and territory. Kosofsky is a former columnist for Between the Lines (Michigan) and an Op-ed writer for the Progressive Media Project, which has helped place his opinion pieces in newspapers across the country.

Kosofsky has broad political, campaign and fundraising experience. He was the Co-Chair for the statewide campaign to defeat the North Carolina anti-marriage equality ballot measure in 2012. He is the former Treasurer of Equality North Carolina's Political Action Committee and the former director of Michigan Pride PAC. He is also former board member of State Voices and currently on the board of Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund.

Tyler Clementi Foundation Board Members

Dr. Paul Boskind

Paul Alan Boskind, Ph.D. is the Founder and CEO of Deer Oaks – A Behavioral Health Organization. Over the last 20 years, Boskind has grown his practice to one of the leading privately owned behavioral health organizations in the country. Through this growth, Boskind created jobs and currently has nearly 300 employees, including more than 200 clinicians. The growth of Deer Oaks is due in large part to the strong entrepreneurial spirit fostered by Boskind that has facilitated the successful development and management of multiple business lines. Boskind is a leading champion for Equality and LGBT issues at the national level. Not only does he generously support equality organizations financially, he serves in volunteer leadership and fundraising roles. Organizations benefit from his vast business experience and creativity. He is also a major contributor and fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and pro equality individual US Senate and Congressional Candidates. Boskind has a passion for theatre. Boskind discovered the power of using the theatrical arts to inspire, educate and touch lives on issues of equal rights for the LGBT community. He has produced several gay oriented, equality based shows, including “BASH’d!,” an award winning musical about marriage equality and gay bashing, “The Temperamentals,” a play focusing on the early gay rights movement in Hollywood in the late 1950’s, and “Bare: The Musical,” a musical about two male students in a Catholic high school who fall in love. Boskind won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play as one of the producers of Larry Kramer’s ground-breaking AIDS drama, “The Normal Heart.” In recognition of his Broadway Production credits, in 2013 Boskind was admitted to The Broadway League, the official trade organization of the commercial theatre industry.

Peter Drake

Peter Drake graduated from Stanford University and Business School, and owned a consulting firm to the non-profit industry. He also worked in Banking, Marketing, and Real Estate. Peter has served on many non-profit boards, and now volunteers through his COIL Foundation (www.coilfoundation.org). He came out in 2009 as a gay man after a long straight marriage, and has two adult children, both of whom are gay. With a strong personal faith, Peter dedicates his time and experience to helping organizations which support Coming Out Into Light: celebrating LGTBQ social justice and faith in an authentic way. Peter has appeared on the Dr. Oz show, testified in the California State Senate, and serves on the board of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Grace Cathedral, and the Tyler Clementi Foundation. His passion for music led him to envision “Tyler’s Suite,” and he was central to commissioning this powerful song cycle. Peter makes his home in San Francisco, and travels extensively.

Steven M. Fisher

Steven M. Fisher is co-founder of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), and has served as Associate Music Director of Keystone State Boychoir since the organization was founded in 2001. In June of 2013, he was appointed Interim Managing Director. He is also the Music Director of Find Your Instrument!, the award-winning school outreach program of Commonwealth Youthchoirs. In addition to his work with CY, Mr. Fisher is the Music Director of Singing City Children’s Choir as well as the Music Director and co-founder of the New York Boychoir. Mr. Fisher holds a master’s degree in music from Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. He studied conducting with Alan Harler, composition with Richard Broadhead, arranging with Alice Parker, and piano with Alexander Fiorello — one of only six students of the great Vladimir Horowitz. in 1998, Temple University awarded Mr. Fisher the prestigious Presser Foundation Award, which recognizes “a graduate student who has the potential to make an outstanding contribution in the music world.” Mr. Fisher is a playwright and composer of musical theatre. His work “Mandela... A Life in Song” has been presented in Johannesburg and is in development for a New York production. His family musical “Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell” received a rave review from the New York Times during its New York run and has enjoyed productions around the country. He is currently working on a musical entitled “Mother B!” to celebrate the approaching 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Public readings of this exciting new work will be presented in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 2014, and in New York on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Anthony Glomski

Anthony Glomski is a Principal at AG Asset Advisory, LLC. He focuses on providing wealth management solutions to business owners, self-employed doctors, and entertainment industry professionals. Together with his strategic partners and staff, he helps affluent clients address their five biggest concerns: preserving their wealth, mitigating taxes, taking care of their heirs, ensuring their assets aren’t unjustly taken, and charitable giving. Anthony founded AG Asset Advisory, a Registered Investment Advisory firm and now serves a select number of clients who have entrusted personal, retirement, and legacy assets for management. He uses a consultative process to gain a detailed understanding of his client’s deepest values and goals. He then employs customized recommendations designed to address each client’s unique needs and goals beyond simply investment consulting. Previously, Anthony had a total of 12 years of diverse experience in the financial services industry. He was an accountant at KPMG, a Big Four firm where he performed financial audits of public and private companies. He also spent time on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and worked in the UK to assist in the registration and authorization of a trading firm. Anthony is a widely recognized leader in the financial advisor community. He is a writer and Creative Expert for MariaShriver.com and has made media appearances on the Advocate "Money Minute." In addition, he has served on expert panels and makes regular speaking appearances.

Steven W. Guy, MPA

Steven Guy served as the first Executive Director for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, prior to joining the board in early 2014. As the first ED of the foundation, Steven worked to create relevant programming, educational and corporate partnerships, and legislative outreach creating a broad coalition of support. Steven has over fifteen years of relevant experience in both the public and private sectors. Previously, Steven worked as the East Coast External Affairs Consultant for mothers2mothers, aimed at supporting a mentor model for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. With mothers2mothers, he was also stationed in South Africa for two years working on mothers2mothers' global awareness and communications development since 2009. Steven began his career working with MTV Networks (US) and MTV Europe (UK), in communications, sponsorship marketing and with the Peabody Award-winning "Choose or Lose" political awareness campaign. Steven has also worked as an actor and a writer and has held managerial positions in event production and the hospitality industry. Steven earned a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and holds a post-graduate degree from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Classical Theatre. Steven has a Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service with a specialization in public/non-profit management and public policy. His studies have focused on enhancing sustainable change and social justice programs benefitting marginalized communities. He is an NYU Wagner "Merit Scholarship" recipient. Steven has dedicated his time and passion working with numerous LGBT Equality, HIV/AIDS and Global women's issues organizations both as a fundraiser, producer and volunteer for various causes, including Equality California, Project Angel Food, Divine Design and AIDS Project LA. Steven has been a contributor for www.davidmixner.com and Huffington Post as a writer and photographer.

Paul Mainardi

Paul Mainardi is one of the three founding trustees of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, along with Jane and Joe Clementi. In addition to assisting in the formation of the Foundation, he was instrumental in negotiating the Memorandum of Understanding between the Foundation and Rutgers University which resulted in the creation of the Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers. In addition to his continuing work with the Foundation, Mr. Mainardi represents a number of nonprofit organizations including a regional Community Development Financial Institution, the Latin American Economic Development Association, and the AIDS Coalition of Southern New Jersey. Mr. Mainardi has long been a singer with the world renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir and Mens Chorale and he is a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Mainardi graduated from Brown University, and he earned his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Mainardi lives in Southern New Jersey with his wife, Roseann Sellani, a trial attorney, and their dog, Bubba. Their children are grown and independent.

Joseph Neese

Joseph Neese is an LGBT activist and journalist, who is on the Board of Directors of The Tyler Clementi Foundation and Bailey House. Joseph is also a co-founding member of GMHC's Millenial Committee. At each organization, he works specifically with issues affecting youth and young adults. Joseph works in the NBCUniversal News Group's Human Resources department, supporting NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. He first worked at 30 Rock as a Production Assistant on MSNBC's Weekends with Alex Witt. A graduate of Boston College, where he studied creative writing and Latin American history, Joseph is the nephew of the late LGBT and HIV/AIDS trailblazer Rodger McFarlane.

Christine Quinn

Christine Quinn is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she formerly served as the Speaker of the New York City Council. The third person to hold this office, she is the first female and first openly gay speaker. As City Council speaker, Quinn was New York City's second most powerful public servant, behind the mayor. She ran to succeed Michael Bloomberg as the city's mayor in the 2013 mayoral election, but she came in third in the Democratic primary. Quinn resides in New York City with her wife, Kim Catullo, a lawyer. Quinn also serves on the board of Athlete Ally, an organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.

Ari Waldman

Ari Ezra Waldman is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School. His research and writing focus on privacy, online hate and harassment, and the LGBT community, and he is a widely published author and frequent speaker on these subjects. He is also the Legal Editor at Towleroad (http://www.towleroad.com/ari-ezra-waldman/), the widely read and award winning LGBT news, politics, and culture website, where he writes a weekly column on gay rights. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College (2002) and Harvard Law School (2005), Ari practiced law for several years in New York City and clerked for a federal appellate court judge in Washington, D.C. In 2010, he began teaching law full time at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. He returned to New York City in 2012 to get his Ph.D. in the sociology department at Columbia University, where he is the Paul Lazarsfeld Fellow. Ari has written for many publications and websites and has appeared on television and radio to discuss law and policy issues affecting the LGBT community. On a personal level, Ari is a fitness enthusiast, having run several marathons and cycled hundreds of miles for charity, and a great chef! He lives in New York City.

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