Glen, age 11
El Paso, TX (1981)
I remember as a kid that I was different from other boys. But I did not know what the word "gay" meant. Once I turned 13, I understood why I felt the way I did, as far back as age 5. It was a challenging time to come out, and the news of a "gay disease" was at its peak.
"They should take all the gays and people who are infected with HIV and drop them on a secluded island."
That was devastating to me.
I left home at a young age, joined the military, got married, and had kids. But it didn't work; I knew I was different.
I "came out" at 26 to a still very non-supporting family. My parents did not stand by me and disowned me.
I realized that if they didn't accept me, I had to be happy and be myself. And I'm okay with that, because I found myself. I love expressing myself through music, and know that I was born this way.
Thanks for creating such a wonderful blog.
I hope it inspires many to be true to themselves.