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Being a Senior Citizen, Gay, and a Member of Prime Timers

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Time has just gone by and so much has happened in the past year that it made me stop and remember all the good things that has gone by and a few of the bad.

I'm 81, gay, and enjoying life to the fullest. I didn't come out to myself and two close friends until I was 78. My health is pretty good for my age. My body tells me that I'm not 50 anymore. But that doesn't stop me from doing the things I like to do.

The year 2015 made me realize how the Rhode Island Prime Timers has become such a large portion of my life. I have made many close friends and one very close friend all thanks to a great group of men. I'm active in our group, acting as the newsletter editor and photographer of many of our events. This past October, I attended the Prime Timers national convention in Las Vegas. While there, I met others and made new friends from all over the country. We exchanged ideas (and in a few cases email addresses) so that we could continue to chat. Many of us are looking forward to the 2017 convention in Chicago.

Our group meets every month for dinner and fellowship. A few times a year, we meet at members' homes for cookouts and pool parties. Two of our members every Thanksgiving open their house to anyone that would be alone on the holiday.

Every Halloween, we meet with the Connecticut and Massachusetts Prime Timers in Provincetown, MA for the festivities.

These events and others are what make us what we are. A group of gay senior citizens who enjoy each other's company and in many cases, develop a close friendship with someone else in the group. I consider myself fortunate to be part of all this.

I try to remember the good things that has happened to me and try to forget the bad. I'm sad when I think of the close friends that are not so close any more, when they found out I was gay. I'm sad when I remember the friends that have passed away, one from old age, one from cancer, and one I remember the most, from AIDS.

To sum it up, I feel very fortunate to have the friends I have. I feel fortunate that I have my health. And perhaps the most important, I have Prime Timers. I can live my life the way I want too. If the world and some of the people in don't like it...that's their problem, not mine. And for all this, I say "THANK YOU PRIME TIMERS."

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