Atlanta, Georgia (1995)
I might not have known at age 4 that I was a lesbian, but I knew by the time I turned 8-years old that I was beginning to wonder why I wasn't like my cousin, Alex. All I wanted to do was wear boy's clothes like him, play with action figures like him, and to talk about my girl crushes like he did.
I'll never forget my first love in 8th grade. But being in middle school, not many kids knew what the meaning of LGBTQ was. Luckily for me, when I came out at that age to my friends, everyone was supportive and I wasn't bullied like I feared.
Today at age 20, I have an astounding partner, a successful job being an EMT, and supportive family and friends.
My little encouragement for LGBTQ kids and people today is to not let others define you. I am who I am today, and I was born this way.
Also check out "My First Gay Crush Blog"