- Kenneth Felts decided to come out from his closet and confess that he is gay after decades of hiding.
- He is not 90 years old and the quarantine during pandemic helped him ponder things and gather the courage to come out.
- For his only daughter, who also came out to him as a lesbian, her dad is a very brave person!
It’s pride month, and for 90-year-old Kenneth Felts, there is nothing more perfect than this time of the year to come out from the closet.
While he was in quarantine during this time of pandemic, he had the time to ponder and think through about coming out to his friends and family realizing that fear of judgment could not hold him back any longer.
After his conversation with daughter Rebecca — his only child from his divorced wife — he confessed that his only true love was a man named Phillip who he had an intimate relationship with in the 1950s.
After decades of living with the burdens of his secrets, Felts realized it was time to let it go, unload, and come out to the people dear to him.
Through emails and Facebook messages, he confessed that he was living life in two personalities — the straight man, Ken, and the gay man, Larry — and now it’s time to set Larry free.
“I’ve been in the closet all my life— deep in the closet, behind rows and rows of clothing. I’m way back there,” he told the Denver Post.
“Opening that door at the front, I had great trepidation as to what people would say. I was very concerned because I needed people and I couldn’t stand the thought of losing them just because I decided to finally be who I really was.”
Rebecca Mayes who had come out as a lesbian 20 years ago admitted how brave his dad is and that what he’s been through is ‘extraordinary.’
Now, Felts actively participates in the LGBT community. He even raised $500 after joining the 2020 Denver Pride Virtual 5K, which will be used to support LGBT causes.
For so long he had wanted to come out but was too afraid because there was no or too little support system for gay community back in the day.
“Do not underestimate your friends and family,” says Felts. “You will be surprised at their reaction if you decide to come out. Enjoy what you have while you have it, because everything happens only once.”
Source: Tank’s Good News