Ready to embrace a lifetime of hidden love

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 14, 2021 3:47 PM CT | Published: November 13, 2021 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Herschel Gilbreath, 74, (with Venessa, his 6-month-old chihuahua mix) lived as an openly gay man in New Orleans. When he moved back to his hometown of Covington several years ago, he kept his gender orientation secret.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Herschel Gilbreath, 74, (with Venessa, his 6-month-old chihuahua mix) lived as an openly gay man in New Orleans. When he moved back to his hometown of Covington several years ago, he kept his gender orientation secret. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

“I’m coming out,” 74-year-old Herschel Gilbreath says of his decision to come out as a gay man during a celebration Saturday at OUTMemphis.

Sign-up for About Town

Receive the latest news, developments and back stories from Memphis’ neighborhoods.

Manage Your Email Subscriptions

Topics

Coming out LGBTQ+ OUTMemphis

Frida Qi

Frida Qi is a business reporter covering public companies, transportation and logistics, banking and finance in Memphis. She previously interned or worked part time at Reuters, Investigative Reporters and Editors, CalMatters, Columbia Missourian, SupChina, and other news organizations. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, and is a fan of cooking, tennis and traveling. 


Comments

Reading comments and joining the conversation are some of the many benefits of subscribing. Join the conversation by clicking the View Comments button below. Not a subscriber? Click here. 

Our commenting policy can be viewed here

Sign-up for About Town

Receive the latest news, developments and back stories from Memphis’ neighborhoods.

Manage Your Email Subscriptions