Angela, age 3Shelbyville, MO (1988)
My parents would always let me dress how I wanted, and in this picture I am about 90% sure I picked this outfit out myself. My sister is a very fashionable '80s girl, and I'm rocking the flannel shirt and overalls.
How was anyone surprised when I came out?!
One of my earliest memories is helping my Dad on the farm. I wanted to be a farmer just like him! I would wear my overalls and go do chores with him. While my sisters would play Barbie dolls, I would play Oregon Trail, where I was the guide boy.
Looking through pictures of me in elementary school, I always have to remind myself to look for the boy! I laugh as I look through old pictures of me, because I think 'How did I not know I was gay until I was 22?!?!'
I always knew I was different from everyone in my small community, but I didn't fully realize I am a lesbian until I was 22! The most difficult part was picking which gay kid picture to submit!