Bill, age 7
Bakersfield, CA (1987)
I got this Rainbow Brite doll on my birthday, from my neighbor Shannon, who was also my baby sitter. I saw this picture flipping threw the family album and was like BINGO! - how much more of a hint did they need! LOL!
I didn't really I know I was gay back then, but probably did by around 7th grade. My childhood was as normal as it could be for a wonderful while collar family. Vacations all the time, getting what we wanted and - oooooooh! - mom always made me BAKE cakes! Uh, Helllllllooooooo!
I got teased in Jr. High and High School, and I wasn't even out until my senior year. But only to my family and some limited friends. They'd call me Gay Bill, and even worse - my poor younger brother got called Gay Bill's Brother. But I never got beat up for it.
I am now in a relationship with my wonderful partner of 4 years and life couldn't be any more wonderful!
SO - IT DOES GET BETTER, KIDS!