National Coming Out Day! The Story of Roanoke City Vice Mayor, Joe Cobb

National Coming Out Day! The Story of Roanoke City Vice Mayor, Joe Cobb

Contact: Mrs. Juliet J. Lowery, OMA

Joe is a leader and advocate for social justice and brings strong public relations, development, fundraising, and collaborative experience in building community collaborations and partnerships.

He has a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, USA, and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, USA.  He is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree with Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

Joe is co-author of Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, written with his former spouse, Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor. The book is a unique, two voice narrative of a gay man and straight woman and their journey through marriage, children, coming out, divorce, healing, reconciliation, and creating a new way of being family.

Through his life-long work in equality, Joe works every day to create a city where all are welcome and can thrive regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, health, physical ability or religion.