​Grandfather Has Come Out And Said He's Homosexual, Aged 95

Proof that you're never too late to make a change, this grandfather opened up and admitted he was gay at the grand old age of 95.

He's been married to a woman for 67 years and has a family.

Roman knew he was gay by the time he was five years old, but he always hid it.

He has two kids, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Hear his story here...

Credit: Davey Wavey/YouTube

He came out a year ago when he decided that he wanted his family to know the truth.

"I just told them plain that I was born and I was all my life gay. I told them the whole tragedy of my life and then they understood what happened to me. Can you imagine 90 years to be in the closet?"

Credit: Davey Wavey/YouTube

No, that's insane. And such a shame. Until 1967 in the UK it was illegal to be gay. And gay people are still fighting for their rights all over the world. For someone born in 1921 like Roman, it can't have been easy and it would have been impossible to live openly as a gay man.

So instead he stayed a secret homosexual.

He was asked by vlogger Davey Wavey if he wanted a boyfriend and apparently he does!

I don't care!" he admits. "I don't look at the face, I look at the heart. Somebody to lean against. Somebody who feels the heart ticking - and nobody can do that unless you let them."

But Roman is worried that he's too old now and he's left it too late to find a partner. After all, he's already 96.

"I'll be very honest about it," he said, "I really don't need any either physical or mental connections, I don't need [them].

"But I want to - I want to go to sleep and have somebody close to me, not for any other reason but to be sure that someone cares, you know? That's all."

Credit: Davey Wavey/YouTube

He told Davey: "For you it's easy to find. For me, I'm too old already. Who needs an old junk?

Davey told Mirror Online: "Roman's story is very complex. On one hand, it's the triumphant story of a 95-year-old man coming out of - and shedding the weight of a nine-decade secret. That is certainly something worth celebrating!

"On the other hand, Roman's story is also deeply emotional and, at times, quite difficult. At some level, it's the story of lost opportunities."

I think Roman just needs to get on Grindr and see if there are any lonely 90-year-old men out there.

Davey continued: "And you also feel for Roman's wife. While they undoubtedly loved each other in a deep way, both Roman and his wife deserve passion and sexual intimacy. Did they have that despite Roman being gay? I don't know.

A lot of people felt terrible for Roman and his long struggle with the secret of his sexuality. One woman commented on YouTube: "It's awful that people have to hide who they are because a lot of people still don't accept people for being gay. So sad so he's never really been happy for his entire life because he couldn't be who he wanted to be - heartbreaking."

Others were upset for his wife who didn't know that her husband was gay and that he didn't love her in the way that she deserved.

"I do feel sorry for this man hiding this secret . But I do feel the true sadness lies with his wife. Not knowing she was with a man that really never honestly loved her in the way she deserved.

Words Laura Hamilton

Featured Image Credit: Davey Wavey/YouTube

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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