"Being Out Rocks" was the theme for National Coming Out Project 2002, celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender musicians who have achieved their dreams while living open, honest lives. On National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, 2002, a benefit CD featuring the songs of openly GLBT musicians and straight allies was released. Cyndi Lauper, Queen, k.d. lang, Jade Esteban Estrada and Sarah McLachlan are among the artists who donated songs to the album. All proceeds will go to the HRC Foundation.

"I hope that efforts such as this one will help teen-agers feel that they can be themselves - and not worry that their sexual orientation may be made an obstacle to their success," said Grammy Award-winning artist Melissa Etheridge. Etheridge's name appears on a poster celebrating the 2002 theme along with 18 other openly GLBT artists, including  Chuck Panozzo ,Ani DiFranco, Michael Stipe, the Indigo Girls, RuPaul, Rufus Wainwright and The Butchies.

As the poster declares: You may feel like just a face in the crowd, but coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender makes you a star!