January 23, 2011


Jerome, age 8
Groesbeck, TX (1959)

We didn't have the word "gay" when I was a child, only the word "sissy!"
Thanks to my older sister's movie magazines in the late 1950's, I was obsessed with Hollywood glamor. Here, in this photo, I think I'm emulating either Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, or Mamie Van Doren - perhaps all three!

"So you know, that's a rabbit's foot hanging from my belt!"

Growing up "special" in a tiny, rural Texas town wasn't easy, but thanks to "The Rifleman" TV show and those sparkly dresses in the fashion shows on "Queen For A Day," I survived.

Through the years when I've come across this photo, I would cringe.

But now, some 50 years after it was taken, I find it charming.

Self-acceptance at last!

Jerome's first, famous-person same sex crushes:
Ty Hardin (on "Bronco")
Johnny Crawford (on "The Rifleman")


Anonymous said...

such a sweet picture! it's great that you've learned to love it :)

ewe said...

Jane Russell. Perfection. Flawless!!!


Darci said...

This is a fabulous photo! Cherish it always!