It was exactly one year ago today that I came out. After being married for 31 years, I never imagined that I would have to courage to make that step. But after much thought and reflection I finally sat my wife down and told her about my same sex attractions. Within two weeks I admitted that I was gay. My wife, hurt and angry, said that our marriage was over. We met with a divorce attorney and worked out a legal separation. We sold our home, split our assets and I moved out to a rental home in April. As part of coming out, I had to leave the priesthood. I lost many friends and acquaintances as I began to forge a new life for myself. I am grateful to the good friends I met at EC, who helped me through this difficult and trying time. I now live as an openly gay man. I am so happy, content and fulfilled. I own my own home near the museum I work with. I have made many new gay friends and attend LGBT events. My son and family support me. Most importantly, I have my wonderful boyfriend, who I have been dating for the past six months. He has been a tremendous source of support and affection during this time. I love my new life and feel so lucky to finally live the life I could only dream about. I never regretted coming out. For those going through the process of coming out, especially older, married men like myself, the outcome is worth it. There is sunshine and a rainbow at the end of this process. Persevere and do not lose faith. Your life at the end if this will be better, happier and more authentic!