John, age 12
Lake Tahoe, California (1977)
Here I am modeling my mother's sunglasses. Look at the body language:
crossed legs, flipped wrists, dangling hand. How could my parents not have known?! Well, of course they knew.
As my mother said when I came out:
'You always were a strange kid, John...' Thanks, Mom!
But, as I was (and still am) a bookworm, I give a really big thanks to all of the authors I discovered at the local library, that let me know I wasn't the only kid who felt that way:
Marion Zimmer Bradley ("The Catch Trap"), George Nader ("Chrome"), and the gay Danielle Steele, Mr. Gordon Merrick ("The Quirk").
And, now that I think about it, an even bigger thanks to the librarians that stocked the shelves!
John's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Erik Estrada ("CHiPS")