Why You Shouldn’t Fear Coming Out Later In Life
As the gay marriage movement gains momentum and even the president is on board with the idea of it, more and more people are able to walk proudly into their sexual truth.
Coming out happens no matter your age, race or cultural heritage. It’s happening minute-by-minute, day-by-day. Granted, the challenges to come out and be yourself can be more difficult based on culture, beliefs, and where you live, but for the most part, coming out is sprouting up like spring flowers across the globe. That’s a good thing, right? People being more honest at a deeper visceral level is always good for them and society as a whole. Yet, what happens when being honest and coming into your sexual reality happens at the age of 40, 50, 60 or beyond?
As a late bloomer myself — I was 38 when I kicked the closet doors off the rusty hinges — coming out was tougher than I had imagined. I had to endure divorce, loss of friends, a reluctant and shocked family, a new belief system, and of course learning to date other men; all new territory and no easy task to get through. Now that I’m 50 and encroaching 51 in just a few weeks, I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if I’d waited even longer to stake my claim and live my truth as a gay man.
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