Brooke, age 3
Richfield, Minnesota (1992)
This is one of the rare girly pictures I have of myself. It was Halloween.
I loved rough-housing and playing in the dirt with the boys.
I have two older sisters, so I had to hold my own, therefore I was more muscular than most girls my age. I played with Legos and idolized the princesses in Disney movies. I hated when my sisters tried dressing me up, which they did often
But I got teased a lot for being a "tomboy" by EVERYONE, including my family.
I always knew I was different, but had no idea why. I just felt more like a boy.
I always have. But I didn't really realize how different I felt, or what it really was, until I was a freshman in high school.
I slowly just realized over time that I really liked the way girls looked, and then it transitioned into me wanting to kiss them, and more. My high school German teacher was my first legitimate same-sex "real person" crush.
I had posters of women up in my room, but I always put pictures of men up too, so it didn't seem too weird to my parents. It didn't seem weird to me!
I really love Amanda Palmer from the Dresden Dolls, too.
She was so influential in my adolescence.
I'm 21 now, and I'm still not out to my family. It's a work in progress. I know they'll be accepting, but it’s just that general coming-out fear that's difficult getting over. I'm planning on coming out before my 22nd birthday.
I have wonderful and supportive friends that understand me, and I'm very grateful for having them in my life. They've guided me in the right direction and taught me so many things.
I'm happy being me. I wouldn't change it for the world!
Brooke's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Click here - "Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay" book
Click here - "My First Gay Crush Blog"