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Introducing: Gary Payne

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I am Vice President of Prime Timers Worldwide and this is my bio.

 

First of all, I am not one to toot my own horn, so I will not be listing all my accomplishments, awards or citations I have received in my lifetime. I am a 67-year-old man. I was born in Houston, Texas and was raised in both Houston and for several years in England. My mother was originally from England.


As a child, I felt something was wrong with me as I was attracted to men. I never told anyone and fought those feelings. I married a woman when I was 19. I was also drafted into the Army during that time, making me a Vietnam veteran. There, I was a medic and finished nursing school while in the military. I met a gay man in school and he showed me that I was not the only person attracted to men and he took me out to bars, etc. After divorcing my wife, I moved in with him for a short time. Some time after that, I met my future husband and we are still together after 40 years with 4 of those years being legally married. March 23 begins our 41st year together.


I retired from nursing in 2006 and was looking for something to do. I found Prime Timers Las Vegas on the website, and learned all about Woody Baldwin and his dream. I became involved with the Chapter and was on the Board several years. I served as Member-at- Large, Vice President, and President. I became a Prime Timer Worldwide Board member and am currently in my 3rd term. I spent one term as Director-at-Large and after that, was elected Vice President twice. I truly believe in Prime Timers and think we are a lifeline for senior gay and bi men. We are more than a social club, we are a family.


I also volunteer 2 days a week at the Las Vegas LGBT Center. I helped start a Senior Drop In at the Center. We meet on Mondays and Thursdays. Mondays is games day and on Thursdays, we have a speaker and free lunch.


We have many seniors who come into the Center looking for senior programs. They are directed to me or our Program Manager and we introduce him to our Drop In Center. After they have been to our group for a week or two, I tell them about Prime Timers. About 97% of our walk-ins have joined Prime Timers and many Las Vegas Prime Timers come to the Center every Monday and Thursday. It is a great way to bring our seniors together.
I have always been a caretaker and in many ways I still am. This is who I am and I am proud of it. I hope I can continue to bring in new chapters and promote Prime Timers everywhere I go.


Thank you for having confidence in me and for voting for me the past 3 terms.

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