Shanna, age 8
San Bernardino, CA (1988)
I was either dressed up for Church (creepy!) or a city-wide oratorical contest (geeky!).
Or did I wear a bow-tie to the contest?
A long and awkward attempt at hetero-conformity followed this freedom.
Then I realized I was a lesbian at 19 while at a conservative Christian college.
And I realized that I was butch a few years later.
Shanna's first, same sex crush:
My 1st grade teacher, a prim Lutheran with a practical grey/blonde bouffant.