‘I refused to let them intimidate me’: the untold stories of LGBT+ seniors

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01/27/2021

At a new exhibition, Not Another Second, 12 LGBT+ seniors share stories of resilience, struggle and love. When Pearl Bennett, now 69, came out as a transgender woman at a family dinner when she was 50, she wasn’t warmly embraced. Bennett’s mother leaned in and asked: “What is all this?” “I saw that look in my mother’s eyes, she was a little drunk,” recalls Bennett. “My mom stroked my breast, came in close and said: ‘I just want you to know that West Palm Beach is not big enough for ‘Pearl’ and the Bennetts,’” recalls Bennett. “I felt ostracized by my family.” This heartbreaking anecdote and many more are part of Not Another Second, an exhibition in New York City which tells the stories of a dozen LGBT+ senior citizens who tell their own coming out stories.

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