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Older, Wiser, And Out Of The Closet

May 22, 2017

Coming out as gay can be difficult — even traumatizing — for young people. But what is coming out like for older men and women, some who were once married to heterosexual spouses and who have children?

This hour, we revisit our conversation with Dr. Loren Olson, author of Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight

We hear Dr. Olson’s personal story and we discuss the psychology behind individuals who admit they are gay halfway through adulthood.

Two Connecticut men join us in studio to share when they discovered their sexual identity as adults and how they’ve navigated divorce and family relationships. Later on we add a female perspective to the conversation, and find out what similarities and differences exist between men and women who identify as gay after living straight.

Does this describe you or someone in your family?


  • Dr. Loren A. Olson - Psychiatrist and Author of Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight
  • Dave Knapp - Guilford Resident
  • David Zakur - New Haven Resident
  • Beth Bye - State Senator Representing Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington and West Hartford

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Chion Wolf and Hazel Colon contributed to this show, which originally aired on March 31, 2017.