Kenneth Felts kept his sexuality hidden for decades and at the age of 90, he finally came out to his daughter and the world.
70 years ago, Kenneth Felts fell in love. But it was a different time back then and he didn't have the courage to tell anyone how he really felt about romantic relationships. He spent 90 years of his life inside the closet and even though initially, he thought of keeping this a secret, he decided it was about time. At the age of 90, he came out and let the world know about his sexuality. During the lockdown, he realized that there is no way he could forget the man he fell in love with 70 years ago.
Despite his biggest fears, he made the choice to tell his family about his sexuality, reports The Denver Post. Since then, he has updated his Facebook profile picture, where Felts can be seen wearing a bright rainbow hoodie. Felts said, "I’ve been in the closet all my life — deep in the closet, behind rows and rows of clothing. I’m way back there. Coming out in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s was horrendous. That was part of the reason I didn’t ever consider coming out (before). There was no gay community, there really weren’t gay organizations or anything. People who came out on their own, without support. And I guess I didn’t have the courage to face society at that time, so I just went ahead and buried it.”''
Later in life, he married a woman and had a daughter. His own daughter came out to him, but even then he didn't have the courage to tell his story. Rebecca Myes, Felt's daughter, said, "He’s just so brave and he doesn’t even realize that he is, but it’s extraordinary." After he opened up to his daughter, Felts realized it was time to tell the world his story. He said, "Opening that door at the front, I had great trepidation as to what people would say. I was very concerned because I needed people and I couldn’t stand the thought of losing them just because I decided to finally be who I really was.”
While writing his autobiography, he was hit by a flood of memories and could only remember his story with his one true love, a man named Phillip. They fell in love in the 1950s California, but Felts decided he will live his life as a straight man since "it's easier this way." After deciding to come out, Felts informed everyone in his family through Facebook and email that he is gay. He told them that for decades, it felt like he was living two personalities -- Ken, a straight man, and Larry, a gay man. After years of keeping Larry trapped, he decided it was time to come out.
Now he has completely embraced Larry. Apart from supporting the LGBTQ+ community, the 90-year-old has bought a rainbow flag to hang behind him on the wall for when he goes on the virtual senior LGBTQ coffee group meetings organized by the Center on Colfax. Felts is also fundraising and taking part in various events to support the community. Most recently, he participated in a virtual 5K.
After opening about his sexuality, Felts has been actively supporting the LGBTQ+ community.