Coming Out Never Gets Old

September 3, 2007 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

In a beautifully written essay for Newsweek 88 year old Loraine Barr has come of the closet about being a lesbian.

In the essay Loraine rights about the fear and confusion she felt on realizing that she was lesbian and the joy that she discover on meeting the woman who would become her partner of 44 years.

Now I write this after living for 44 years with the most loved and loving, giving, understanding and delightful partner imaginable. For all our time together, we were “in the closet.”

For so long, if you were a known homosexual you could lose your job. We kept our relationship from our families—or at least we thought we did. After my partner died, her son told me that her family knew about us, but kept our secret because they believed our relationship was our own business.

But our silence for all those years was also partially a self-induced caution. Looking back, I think it’s possible that as the world changed, we didn’t change fast enough.

You can read Loraine’s essay here.

Much love: From the Left

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