My name is Sam. I came out four short and very long years ago. I was married to a man and my two daughters were three and seven at the time. I had always been attracted to women, but only dated men. I was terrified of being labeled gay.
It took joining roller derby, becoming confident in myself, and falling in love with a woman to get me to come out. I don’t even know why it took me so long, because when I did… everyone that loved me was very supportive and no one was surprised.
The thing that I am most grateful for in my life was being able to tell my mother before she passed ways just two months later. Everyone finally knew the real me, and they loved me anyways.
I get along better than ever with my ex husband and my kids stand up for gay rights in school. It felt like it took forever to find myself, but I don’t regret at all the road it took to get here.