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Letting Go of Living Straight

At 40, Dr. Loren Olson, married and father of two, made the decision to finally acknowledge he was gay.

Loren Olson M.D., author of Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight

Loren Olson M.D., author of Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight — Amanda Bills

At 40 years old, Loren Olson M.D., a psychiatrist in Iowa, was married and had two children.

Book cover of Finally Out by Loren Olson M.D.

But after years of battling inner turmoil surrounding his sexuality, he finally let go of his denial and came to terms with the fact that he was gay. He divorced his wife and embarked on a journey of self-discovery.


See also: AARP Pride page.


In his book, Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, Dr. Olson gives a moving account of his own difficult story. But he also explores the psychological reasons that some gay men chose to marry, have a family and live, for all practical purposes, a straight life. For Dr. Olson, a burden lifted when he finally was free to live as a gay man. "I felt like I'd come home," he says.

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