Otago, New Zealand (1997)
I love this photo, because it was a victory for me. It meant I was going to attend the Cub Scouts with the other boys, instead of the Brownies with the girls. Yup, back then this cheeky chappie was a girl.
When I was young, I assumed I was a boy. So puberty came as a depressing realization. I didn't grow my hair until I was 14, and only relented to dresses at 16.
It took me a long time to realize I was different. And I only figured it out when every time I imagined myself, I imagined myself as male.
As a kid, I ran around in a pack of boys playing sport and making messes. The other kids called me boy-girl. Seems they knew a dozen or so years before I would!
Now I'm genderqueer, gay, and coming to accept my place in the world.
I still like "guy things," but I'm a pretty femme gay guy.
One thing that never changes though: I still get asked, "Are you a boy or a girl?"
My answer: Yes!
Remiel's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Christian Cullen (All Blacks' rugby player)
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