old man

Don Middleton was born in 1928. In 2017, he sat down with Pink Planet to talk about growing up gay in rural Canada, including having sexual trysts local farm boys when he was coming of age and discovering Ontario’s gay community in the 1940s.

Middleton, who passed away in 2021, said he first started experimented sexually with other males when he was 12 or 13, but it wasn’t until he was in his mid 20s that he learned there was a whole “gay world” out there.

“I actually came out to knowing about the gay world when I was 24 by a younger man telling me where to go and cruise,” he recalled in the interview.

That’s when he learned about all the other gay guys out there, and how to identify them.

“In hindsight, I think I had pretty good gaydar because I only got one black eye in my lifetime for making a move on somebody,” he said.


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