Interesting story, is it not, about how women who come out as lesbians later in life seem to find more acceptance? Interesting for several reasons.
First of all, more acceptance as compared to what? Presumably each gay person only has to come out once, so nobody really knows what kind of acceptance they would have received had they come out at 23. And comparing yourself to someone else is silly, since gays are about as different from one another as straights are.
Second of all, it may also just be that society is more accepting (or less condeming, you choose) of homosexuality. It may have nothing to do with age.
But more importantly, here’s why I think the women in the article found widespread acceptance when they came out: They waited until their children were raised, they didn’t suddenly up and leave at the worst possible moment – i.e. they weren’t selfish. Maybe they were unhappy all those years, I don’t know (I hope not). But I’m sure not upsetting little children with a major change in Mom’s life (which little kids are ill-equipped to deal with) would help people in their entourage feel better about the whole thing. Funny nobody in the article mentions that.by