During a bachelor weekend with his brother shortly before his 1968 wedding, Iowan Loren Olson was unnerved by a party invitation from another man -- at a St. Louis antiques store.
Thinking about how the man had touched him while they talked made him realize it was a come-on. Olson, who, at that time kept any same-sex attractions buried even below his own awareness, freaked out.
“I fled the store and I thought maybe I should call the police,” Olson said. “I’m sure for a long time I was broadcasting signals about who I was because I kept finding myself in situations where men were trying to pick me up.”
Nearly two decades, two daughters and a psychiatry degree later, Olson fell in love with a man. He eventually came out, ending his marriage and rocking his and his family’s world. Now that he’s semi-retired, Olson tells his story -- and those of other men in similar situations -- in his recent book, “Finally Out.”