LGBTQ Seniors Speak Out About Life and What It Was Like
So many things have changed in the last 10 to 20 years and the world is almost unrecognizable in some respects. The changes for LGBTQ people have been huge, especially with regard to mainstream public opinion. Things aren’t perfect yet, and we’re still being stereotyped by the Will and Grace crowd, but it’s so much better.
Here’s an article where LGBTQ seniors talk about what life has been like for them. Tony and I were lucky to have known several gay and lesbian seniors and we were very close to them. We learned a great deal. The interesting thing, too, is that a lot of the people we’ve known didn’t want to speak in detail about the past. In some respects, it was just too painful.
Until 1973, the American Psychiatric Association considered homosexuality to be a mental disorder. For Nick, 73, coming out in the 1970s was not even an option. “It was still a crime,” he said.