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LGBT Stories: Father Comes Out After 28 Years Of Marriage

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 Gill was married to his wife for 28 years and had a few children. On the outside he seemed to have had it all.

“Going back 15 years ago I thought I was happy having the big house and the car and the vacations and the perfect relationship and social life,” Gill remembers before adding, ”but something was missing.”

After realizing he was gay and coming out to a friend as well as his therapist, Gill went through “a complete deconstruction of my life, as I describe it, so I had to rebuild emotionally, familially, financially...had to rebuild it all over again.”

In our latest video, Gill shares his wife’s and children’s reactions to his coming out, which ultimately sends an inspiring message to older folks still in the closet: it’s never too late to be your true self.


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Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee embarked on a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD. You can follow IFD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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  1. I absolutely despise it when phrases such as "he defrauded her out of 28 years of life" are used to describe the end of a marriage when one of the partners makes the decision to come out. You would not be using that ridiculous argument if he, after 28 years, decided that he preferred women with bigger boobs, or blonds over brunettes,someone with higher self esteem, or a higher I.Q. whatever! You might call him a cad or a scumbag, but the words "lied" "defrauded" etc. would not be used. If you need to express anger in a situation like this get mad at our ridiculous society that still forces people into the closet.

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 22, 2011 9:21:37 AM

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