Scott, age 5
Oldsmar, Florida (1964)
Unfortunately, I got teased and hassled through high school. Certainly not the type of attention I wanted, but I persisted and I survived.
I first started realizing I was different around 3rd grade, but did not formally "come-out" until my early 20’s.
Now, as I look at the picture, I understand why my mother told me she already knew, when I finally told her. I also realized that I had some fun growing up, despite the teasing.
I'm 51 now, and relatively successful, and my life is good.
So, my advice to those being teased, hazed, and hassled:
Hang in there, because all that negativity will end soon enough.
You will grow up, look back at the fun times with a smile, and look at the hard times with a feeling of pride and accomplishment - for those were the tests of your resolve to succeed.