Why come out? Because I am afraid of being 88 years old in a retirement community doing it. I read this story published in newsweek yesterday. It's the story of an 88 year old lesbian who just "came out of the closet" after being inspired by another women in her retirement community who came out. Here's a quote from the article:
"Why am I now able to speak the unspoken? A friend at the retirement community where I live recently came out in the local and national newspapers. When I saw her do that, I thought, for heaven’s sake, nobody can fire me, I’m 88 years old, my parents are gone.It's totally amazing and wonderful she was able to come out. And it made me really sad to read how long she had to live hidden and unknown. I know it was her choice but... ouch. And it caused me to remember how very upset I was when I watched the first story in "If these walls could speak 2". Ouch, ouch, ouch!
Still, I was frightened. It took me several days to put this essay in the mailbox. I owe a lot of credit to people who are comfortable enough in their own skins to say, “This is who I am.” "