A 90- year-old from man from Colorado Kenneth Felts felt there was no need to keep the secret as he opened up about being gay.
The nonagenarian revealed his sexuality memoir just after the coronavirus pandemic hits, People reported.
“I had been keeping this secret most of my life, and I had planned to take it to the grave,” he said during a Friday interview on the 3rd Hour of Today.
“In 1942, when I was 12, I realized I was gay,” the Navy veteran shared, adding that he never came out for fear of being ostracized. “If you came out, it really would cost you — your family, your job, all of your relationships. You would immediately be called a pervert.”
After joining the Navy, Felts fell in love with a man, named Phillip, and the pair embarked on a two-year relationship. “It was a void in my life that had suddenly been filled by another person who, apparently, had some of the same needs,” he said. “And we just melted into each other.
Just two years into the relationship, they split after he struggled to reconcile his identity with his religious beliefs, he thereafter married a woman and have a daughter with her before they got divorced. His daughter has come out to him as a lesbian.
As Ken Felts, 90, worked on a memoir, old memories gave him the push he needed to reveal openly for the first time that he was gay.
Watch his inspiring story and see how his message is helping others find the strength to live their truth. pic.twitter.com/x8wddun46F
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