Annie, age 9
Fort Walton Beach, FL (1992)
I was a tomboy as a child. I spent my time riding bikes with my best friend
(a boy) and climbing trees. When family got together, my female cousins and I would spend a lot of time playing dress up and putting on "shows". As you can see, I was willing to dress the part of the boy in our performances.
I didn't come to terms with the fact that I was gay until after I had graduated college. I spent a lot of time going through the motions of dating guys and fulfilling expectations.
When I finally did come out, and embraced who I was and the feelings I was having, I discovered a lot of gay moments I'd had in retrospect.
For instance, I'm quite sure my first crush was my 1st grade teacher,
Looking at the photo today amuses me, as I consider myself a "femme" lesbian, and I don't wear men's clothes as an adult.
But it's interesting to look at this photo and realize I was comfortable exploring gender roles, even at a very young age.
Today, I am out and proud and have an amazingly supportive family, for whom I am extremely grateful.