I think the Human Rights Campaign's Snapshot Project (as part of National Coming Out Day Oct. 11) is incredibly cool. I've become really intrigued by visual narratives. And I love the idea of this Snapshot Project. I'm considering asking my students to do something similar in a visual narrative project. Hmmm... Anyway, this is how they frame and describe the project on the website:

For many people, starting the conversation about life as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or even straight-supportive person can be challenging. How do you bring it up? How will they react? Will it get weird?

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and HRC's Snapshot Project is an easy and fun way to start those conversations.

The idea behind the project is to print a sign, either "Talk About It" or "Ask Me". Then take a picture of you, the sign and the person that you would like to "Talk About It" with. Then upload and post your digital photo. Once your photo has been approved and uploaded to the gallery, HRC emails you a link to share with your friends and family etc. You can choose to fill out the form to send an email message to view your picture. The email reads as follows:

You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, I took a Snapshot the other day that is now part of an online public art project.

The project from the Human Rights Campaign celebrates gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight Americans who support living openly and having conversations about the things that make us all different -- and just as importantly, the ways that we are all the same.

I wanted to share my picture with you so that we could talk about it.

To view my picture, and many others (including a rock star, a former Star Fleet captain and many other open, honest people) -- simply click on this link:

I'm planning on taking a snapshot. And I'll upload it when it's done.