Michael, age 5
Ontario, Canada (1982)
Here I am on the front lawn of my childhood home. Behind me is the Blue Spruce tree my parents had planted years earlier. I have fond memories of playing in our yard, and smelling the sweet summer air. It would only be a few years later when I'd come to understand that I was different from the other boys.
After a fairly happy childhood, I soon experienced cruel high school taunts and violence, because I identified as gay.
Thankfully, I got through it all, and now live an open and successful life.
To those who are struggling today, I would ask that you remember that you are entitled to live your life in an honest and fulfilling way. No one has the right to take that from you. It's your world, too.
Michael's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Morten Harket (singer in A-Ha)______________________________________________________