January 13, 2011


Jess, age 4
Corvallis, Oregon (1995)

"Greetings from Neverland"
This was taken in my parent's dining room on the buffet, right before a Halloween party.

I insisted that my big sister - who was twice my size at the time - dress up as Tinkerbell, and my Dad as Captain Hook.

I think I knew I was different about this time, or a little bit earlier.

I always played dress-up as a girl in daycare, and I once 'gave birth' to puppies in playtime.

But I remember sitting under a tree my first day of kindergarten, watching all of the other kids playing. And I realized that my fabulous antics wouldn't be acceptable at real school.

I love this picture, and not much has changed about me. Everyone who knows me always comments about it, about how astonishing it is. And, how much of an attitude I had at such an early age.

Jess' first, famous-person same sex crush:
Leonardo DiCaprio (on "Growing Pains")

Click here - "Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay" book
Click here - "My First Gay Crush Blog"


Kito said...

Perfect photo, especially with those Underoos peeking out! (Of course, I would notice such a thing.) And giving birth to puppies... wow, we definitely would've been great friends in daycare!

~* Aria *~ said...

I loved Leonardo DiCaprio from the first episode he was on GP!

Adorable pic of you!

dys·func·tion said...

I love that you're posing by the window and you've even rolled your hips back! Adorable photo!