Kenneth Felts is a 90-year-old man that decided that he would no longer live in fear of judgment from society, and he came out as gay to his family and friends over Facebook and email.
Felts told the Denver Post that he waited to come out for so long because members of the LGBTQ community came out alone in earlier decades, and there was no gay community. He said that there really weren’t gay organizations or anything, so he didn’t have the courage to face society at that time so he just went ahead and buried it.
The man finally made the decision while he was working on his memoir and he was reflecting on his “one true love” Phillip. The 90-year-old added that living as a straight man for so many years made him feel like he was living in the closet behind “rows and rows of clothes”. Thankfully, though, his coming out was welcomed with numerous loving emails and messages of support by his friends and family, and his own daughter said that her dad made a very brave move, even though he might not realize it.
The 90-year-old Felts indicated that he would be participating in the 2020 Denver Pride Virtual 5K race, for which he created a fundraising page. The page has since doubled his goal, and it raised more than $500 for LGBTQ community organization the Middle on Colfax.
He posted on his Facebook profile that the 5K race is over, and he did .5 mile in 22:54. He thanked everyone for their help and support, and he added that his daughter Rebecca walked with him to hold observe of time and distance.
Many people congratulated Felts on his courage and sent their love and support to him.