Brendan, age 9
Long Island, NY (1979)
Growing up the youngest of 7 children, there was a sense that I could do no wrong. Since my parents had been through it all with the other 6 kids, by the time they got to raising me, I could be whatever and whoever I wanted to be with much support - and no judgements.
|"Liza with a Z!"|
This picture represents only a small portion of the family members present at the time.
But there I am in the center of the action, side-beveling and giving face and preparing for some kickline like the little Liza Minnelli I was.
I love this picture because I look so unabashedly happy and completely unselfconscious.
Am I like this today? At times, absolutely yes. Which is a nice thing to be able to say.
I always knew I was distinctly different from everyone around me, and my parents made me feel special and loved through it all. When I came out to my parents when I graduated from college, it was no different.
I am a lucky man, indeed.
Brendan's first, famous person same sex crush:
Doug McKeon ("On Golden Pond")