Indianapolis, Indiana (1966)
Late spring. Easter celebration. Irish-Catholics love to wear white during Easter. This was the year I knew I was different. I'd always felt like I had more feelings than my rough 'n tumble cousins/bro's. I liked to paint, color, make up stories and was precocious and reading by the time I was 4.
|"Please note my jaunty ascot/necktie action and my oh so ready to contemplate|
the world and fashion dreamy stare into space. I am 5 - and queer"
I used to look at this pic (and a few others like it) and wonder how this sweet-faced boy turned into such a rough-assed, punk rock, fight/f*ck, queer man. But - I now know that much of that was an undiscussed reaction to all the homophobic commentary my 'sensitive' nature evoked from my fellows.
and I quite like him being part of me.
Waiyde's first, famous-person same sex crushes:
Cartoon Crush - Race Bannon on "Johnny Quest"
Race was always shirtless and attentively at Dr. Quest's side and I thought they were a couple and Johnny & Haji were their kids. No women on that show, ever. When I told my older brother about it at 6, he laughed and told me no one lived like that and I was stupid. Little did he know, right?
Human Crush - Robert Conrad on "The Wild, Wild West"