Jeffrey, age 7
|"C'mon, Get Happy!"|
Mt. Holly, NJ (1977)
This photo was taken when I had just turned 7 years old, at the beginning of 2nd grade.
My memory of the photo is the shirt collar that I chewed on. Plus hideous plaid pants that were hand-me-downs from cousins, who were 8-years older than I was, at the time.
Hence the circa 1970's look!
When we received the developed photos in the mail, I recall being scolded by my father, for the way I was holding my arms, and for my giggly face.
At the time, I couldn't understand why. LOL!
I knew I was different by age 4, when I asked for a Barbie for Christmas.
My parents got me "The Sunshine Family" - which consisted of a hippie Father, Mother & Baby. They even indulged me with a Barbie Van in a wonderful lavender color!
Oh, did I mention I was obsessed with Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz
when I was 7?! God help us.....
This particular photo makes me cringe. Not because of how I'm posing, but because of the awful clothes.
I had many male crushes then, but the first one I could remember is Ken Berry from an episode of The Brady Bunch. I believe it was meant to be a spin-off episode from the series. He and his wife (Brooke Bundy) were trying adopt 3 boys, all of different races and colors. I'm still puzzled by what made him so appealing to me at a young age.
One other thing I'd like to add is about the movie "Making Love" with Michael Ontkean and Harry Hamlin. Having cable TV in my teens was a godsend! That movie was definitely a defining moment in my gay adolescence.
So, there you have it.
Jeffrey's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Ken Berry (on "The Brady Bunch")