I couldn't complete in our local triathlon last month due to my spinal problem. As a consolation prize, here are some pics of some lovely young men with wet spandex clinging to their bulges, thighs and asses.
Two days ago, I posted about running into Mary, a work colleague at another division. At 40, Mary came out to her husband and two kids. When I told her that I was gay, Mary admitted that she already knew. This was a shock because she is the first outsider who knows I'm gay.
I'm fairly sure that my wife wouldn't tell just anyone that I'm gay. She asked my permission to tell three of her closest friends; she just needed to talk about it with someone! I suspect that Mary is friends with one of my wife's best friend, so maybe that's how she found out.
My wife is worried about our 14 year old son being teased about having a gay father. I'm not at all worried as I'm fairly sure it won't happen. If it does, he not the sort of kid to be bothered by it. But since I haven't directly asked my son his views on this (not wanting to rock the boat), I agreed to be discrete for now. As we are in the middle of our divorce negotiations, I need to keep the peace. I don't expect this "being partly in the closet" situation will last for long.
Cubby asked: "I wonder, does everyone at your workplace know you're gay yet? I suspect the younger folks there don't give two shakes about it. I'm curious about the ones your age and older. "
I'm quiet sure that no one in my workplace yet knows I'm gay. However, I have enough "gay" mannerisms that I'm sure that some of my closest colleagues won't be completely surprised when I do come out.
I am anxious to be completely out in all aspects of my life, especially at work. I want to shout it from the rooftops! I know that I would be a positive role model for all sorts of LGBT folk in my workplace, in the community and especially among the young clients we work with.
In my workplace, the majority retire at the age of 55 - 58. There are mainly young 'uns working here including several who are out. In fact, of the 90 people working at my division, there are only about five people who are older than me; I'm one of the old farts!
I do not have the slightest concern about being out at work; not one. It will be the greatest fun sharing that big part of my life. There will be no repercussions from anyone. I know that my closest colleagues, regardless of age, will be happy for me and supportive, or at least neutral on the subject.
Generally, Canadian society is very positive about LGBT folks, I think. In our line of work, my employer is the leader in our province in being proactive on the fair treatment on LGBT staff and clients. In fact, I (arguably) believe that my employer ranks in the top two in all of Canada on its LGBT initiatives. I'm very lucky!
|This boy is barely legal, but this pic is a lovely example of wet spandex.|