Late-blooming lesbians start Bergen club

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Women in Bergen are hoping they can follow other cities’ leads, and start a Late Bloomers’ club for those coming out of the closet and declaring they are lesbian.

“Late bloomers have often been in heterosexual relationships and have had children,” said Lene Franco-Steimler of the The Norwegian LGBT Association (LLH) in Bergen, an association representing lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people

Franco-Steimler explained that coming out at a later age can have additional challenges.

“It’s difficult enough for most people to come out of the closet, but when you have first lived a long life as a heterosexual it becomes extra hard,” Franco-Steimler told newspaper Bergen Tidende.

“Children and the husband might not understand,” she said.

This Saturday, Franco-Steimler and her new network will have a first meeting at an undisclosed location in Bergen. Women from Bergen had previously sought out the Late Bloomers network in Oslo.

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She admits it can be hard on families, saying it shatters people’s image of who you are. She’s focused now on establishing a meeting place in Bergen under the aegis of the LLH.

Like most of Scandinavia, Norway recognizes same-sex marriages, including their right to adopt children and to take parental leave from work.

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