Episode 24 – Pat Stone shares her story about coming out at the age of 53 in 1996 being married for thirty-five years. Pat was the Dallas PFLAG Chapter President at the time which provided her the skills to start a support group called Late Bloomers that she has been running for ten years.
Pat Stone, Founder of Late Bloomers
Pat’s new book “Awakening: How a 53 Year Old Wife and Mother “became” a Lesbian” (Amazon Books) was published in March 2009. It is a must read for women who are coming out later in life. It is also a great read for men coming out later in life too as well as straight spouses who are dealing with the news that their spouse is LGBT.
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Pat Stone’s website:
Pat’s website. Order her new book here too!
Websites for support organizations:
Late Bloomers Website (not Pat’s Group in Dallas) no longer available
PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays)
Straight Spouse Network
Family Equality Council (for LGBT Parents)
Colage (Support for kids with LGBT Parents)
Front page article on Pat Stone in the Dallas Observer, published on 1/30/97:
Late Bloomers Article on Pat Stone in Dallas Observer
Lesbian Epiphanies: Women Coming Out in Later Life, by Karol L. Jensen, Ph D.
Married Women Who Love Women, by Carren Stock
From Wedded Wife to Lesbian Life: Stories of Transformation, Edited by Deborah Abbott and Ellen Farmer
Lesbians at Midlife: The Creative Transition by Barbara Sang, Joyce Warshow, and Adrienne J. Smith
The Other Side of the Closet: The Coming-Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families, Revised and Expanded Edition, By Amity Pierce Buxton, Ph D.