Although a lot of progress has been made in the fight for equality, coming out of the closet is still a hard experience to go through. Telling friends and family members that you're gay is tough under the best of circumstances — Can you imagine doing so when you're an older adult?

Dating expert Mary Malia discusses how to successfully come out of the closet as a lesbian later on in life without being anxious over the outcome. It's not completely a lesbian playground out there; don't take it personally if you fall for a woman who pushes you away since you're new to the dating game. It's not about you; enjoy who you are and the experiences you are having but expect that there are probably going to be some bumps in the road. It's vital that you keep an open mind; you spent your whole life being interested in men so it makes sense that there are a few lessons about lesbian love that you still have to learn. This shouldn't make you feel small because it's a natural part of coming out.

If you're worried about how you're going to be able to jump back into the dating field after batting for a different team for so long, the video above offers some great tips on how to come to terms with your sexuality.

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