Diana, age 4
Verona, Italy (1980)
In this photo, I'm trying to ride my father's Vespa. Needless to say, I still ride motorcycles today!
I have always been a tomboy, and luckily my parents didn't do anything to change that. They let me dress up as Zorro, a cowboy or even a G.I. during Carnival celebrations. Nope, no little princess dresses for me!
I have always had crushes on female celebrities, and was absolutely enlightened by the Madonna concert I saw on TV in 1987. But I didn't start dating girls until after I was age 18.
My message for gay kids today is:
Being gay is amazing! I thank my genes every day.
Just be authentic, and people will love you in spite of their prejudice.