'I like playing with girls, I like the clothes girls get to wear, I like their toys' - and it seemed a very logical appraisal of why someone had some explaining to do!
|"My first doll"|
They bought me whatever I asked for, no matter how effeminate, and never made me feel ashamed of myself.
At this age I also realized that I wasn't necessarily like other boys, but my home was always a safe haven. I could be myself there and play with my dolls and not be judged.
One of my favorite memories is of my father taking me to a toy store and telling me I could get whatever I wanted. I remember bringing Barbie Mall up to the counter, and waiting for the cashier to ring it up. My father simply stood beside me as if it was a racetrack. I felt very loved that day.
No matter what the reason, they never made me feel ashamed of myself.
And I will always be thankful to my parents for that.
Michael's first, famous-person same sex crush: