PHOTOS: LGBT Celebs on the Blessing and Curse of Aging

Greg Louganis, Peter Paige, Wilson Cruz, Tuc Watkins, Blake McIver and more shine a spotlight on the joys as well at the challenges that come with aging in the LGBT community.



Tuc Watkins (One Life to Live, Desperate Housewives)

Best part of growing older?
I am a new dad. I and my partner have twins that are 18 months old. And when I think about growing older, all I really think about is them. Family is really important to me, and there were a few people who I knew looked into surrogacy, which inspired me to look into surrogacy, which I think helps the LGBT community look into how to have a family. Ten years ago, I would have thought I’d be a guy that never has kids—[I thought at the time], 'I’ll be a great uncle to my sister’s kid.' And now there’s so many different avenues available to us to become 'traditional' families. And I have a family! I have a family now. I have a partner. I have two kids. And we’re a family. I look forward to aging with my partner and my kids. And they’d better take care of me when I’m older!

Greatest challenge of growing older?
I think the aging gay community, up until recently, has been an unknown entity... and I don’t think they should have to be marginalized. I don’t think they should have to be pocketed somewhere. I think they should be part of the mainstream. I think it’s really cool that GLEH is this organization that not only provides primary health care but guidance and housing for the elderly. They’re just what’s going to be the tip of the iceberg. There’s going to be a lot of organizations like this, but they’re the first ones who are doing this. So I’m really happy to be here this year, the year before, and now, because the LGBT community is a very loving community, and this is proof.