An American (85) reveals a secret in his obituary: ‘I was gay all my life’ | RTL News

Amerikaan (85) onthult geheim in overlijdensbericht: 'Was hele leven gay'

Because the text begins like many other texts: a dry summary of his career in the army and in the fire brigade, followed by a list of all the awards he has won and, among other things, information about the church he used to attend. All of this was briefly preceded by the announcement that he left behind many nieces and nephews. Above it is a photo of Edward in his military uniform from about 20 years ago.

“I just want to tell you something else.”

His body will be temporarily transferred to Al-Alam, after which only the family will be welcomed for a private funeral. Then the obituary becomes unexpectedly personal, when Edward himself says the closing words: “I want to tell you something else. I’ve been gay all my life.”

What almost no one knew: He was not a lifelong bachelor or “married to his work,” as his family also believed. “I have been in love with the love of my life, Paul Cavagnaro, for 25 years.”

That relationship ended in drama, Edward writes. “Paul died in 1994 due to a medical error. I will be buried next to Paul. I’m sorry I didn’t have the courage to say this while I was alive. When I saw how people like me were treated, I couldn’t do it and now that my secret is out, I will rest in peace.” Forever.

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