Eric, age 13
Council Bluffs, IA (1988)
Being born and raised in a small town in Iowa, it's probably no surprise that I didn't really fit in with the other kids at school. Luckily, my father is a musician, and I've been singing since I learned how to talk. So I spent most of my childhood performing with my father all over the country!
I'm very fortunate to have very liberal & accepting parents who encouraged me to be who I am, and do what I love! I'm 35 now, and I've been making a living by doing just that: I've traveled all over the world singing and dancing!
If I had to do it all over again, I would have come out the moment I first had a crush on a boy in the 3rd grade. People already made fun of me, I should have just been my authentic self.
But, I've learned that things definitely do get better. I have a great family, a close support group of friends, and I'm grateful for that every day!
I think the little boy in the picture would be pretty proud of how far he's come!
Eric's first, famous-person same sex crush: