Late-blooming lesbians start Bergen club

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.

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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