January 13, 2011


Hilton, age 7
Litchfield, IL (1953)

"Prim and proper"

I was beating most of the girls at jax in my class - I preferred that to sports.

I first knew I was gay about this age.

I had a crush on my best friend, Robin, and I just wanted to be close to him physically.
I thought about him a lot

Looking back at this picture, I wish gayness had been in the culture at large then, so I would have known it wasn't just me that was that way.

Hilton's first, famous-person same sex crushes:
Elvis Presley & Leonard Bernstein


Anonymous said...

Hilton, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. I love your expression and how debonaire you look.

Jill said...

Debonaire is right! You got style!!

Anonymous said...

Dapper and wonderful!

E.l.M. said...

Flair is what comes to mind.
Amen . . . if gay was a non-issue.
I so adored John from afar on the 1st-grade playground. Now I wonder how well I hid my gaze - looking at other six-year-olds who aren't very good about being "under cover".

Anonymous said...

If only you had known then that Leonard Bernstein was gay, too! You were definitely not the only one in the world :)