WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Happening tonight: pushing gays to kill themselves. Recent deaths underscore the difficulties gays have in coming out about their sexual preferences. Tonight in the Cape Fear, gays supported one another. Tonight wraps up National Coming Out Day. Organizers call it a time to publicly display gay pride.
Many choose this day to come out to their parents, friends, co-workers and themselves. Dozens packed the riverfront in downtown Wilmington for tonight's pride rally. They say it makes a difference.
"I heard something on the news about how young people are killing themselves because they were different, they were gay, we need this more around the world so people can come to us so they have somewhere to go for comfort and support so we can be there for them," said Scooter Silva.
Gays at the rally have a message for those still in the closet. They say don't be afraid, be who you are and love who you are.