Minita, age 9
Bombay, India (1985)
I have no idea why my parents were surprised when I came out! I was always the tomboy. This picture is me around 9 years old, deeply tanned after a summer of swimming - and looking very much like a young boy.
As a kid, I wanted to be Superman, never Supergirl.
I wanted to be just like Christopher Reeve.
My role model was Martina Navratilova. So imagine my surprise when I found out later that she's gay.
I was so scared someone would figure it out, and that my parents would throw me out. Or not being able to talk to my sisters, whom I adored. I waited till 24 to come out, and after the initial surprise, life settled back to normal.
My parents still love me, my sisters are still my best friends. Life is good.
Minita's first, famous-person same sex crush:
And I didn't even know she was gay. I found that out much later._________________________________________________