Martin, age 7
Paris, France (1998)
This pic was taken at La-Ferrière-Sous-Jougne, a summer camp in the Jura.
This summer camp was really cool, and everybody was so open-minded.
All the adults were very sweet with "different" guys like me.
Being there was a real freedom for me. They were my family, and I could be exactly who I was, for real.
I was in love with David Bowie, and remember that I was remaking "West Side Story" in my head everyday.
When I look at this picture now, I feel so thankful to all the people there. They helped me to be the man I am today: Proud, strong, fierce, and happy.
And now, I'm giving back and trying to help LGBTQ youth by being a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, in Paris.