Presumably, Bergeron's mission in writing The Right Side of Forty was to help spur a healthier outlook on aging for gay men. His disillusionment and suicide send the exact opposite message. However, we must not allow it to reinforce an outdated message of hopelessness regarding aging.
Bob Bergeron was the golden boy of the Chelsea gay community. A handsome and charismatic motivational speaker. A budding author. A good friend. At just 49 he was on the cusp of what could have been his greatest success: an inspirational book for gay men.