Eva, age 3
Los Angeles, CA (1986)
I remember my Dad took this picture in the home I grew up in. I was always a tomboy, and loved baseball caps. Although now, I prefer them on other females.
But the fact that I am physically disabled and non-verbal made it a bit harder. I use a letter board to spell out my thoughts.
So imagine the stress of slowly coming out, letter by letter. On top of that, I didn't have any gay disabled role models to look up to, and I felt very alone.
Fortunately, when I did come out, my family and friends were totally cool.
I'm pretty sure they all had figured it out by then anyway.
Now as an adult, I embrace my queerness and consider it just one more aspect that makes me unique. Being a gay teen can be very hard, but please remember:
There's a whole community that is ready to help you, and embrace you.
It just may not seem that way right now.
I did find other LGBTQ people within the disabled community, and I'm now able to share my stories, frustrations, and joy.
Eva's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Melissa Joan Hart (in "Clarissa Explains It All")
Growing up as a Nickelodeon kid, I particularly loved her spunk.______________________________________________________