Doug, age 11
Las Cruces, New Mexico (1981)
I'm on the far left here, and the only one 'posing' in this picture of my siblings, cousins, and my grandfather. Like so many others, I too destroyed most photographic evidence of my gayness as a child, as it made me physically sick.
As an adult, I tried to be straight. So I got married to a woman.
We had two wonderful children together, but my secret was destroying not only my life, but my most important family members as well.
After finally coming out at age 36, my wife and I moved through our divorce as painlessly as we could and we remain great friends.
My kids are successful because of the love my ex-wife and I still share.
And today, we have each remarried -- both of us to amazing men!
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