Columbus, Ohio (1961)
I was definitely a tomboy when I was young. My favorite activities were building tree houses, playing in the woods, reading adventure stories, riding my bike and playing kick ball. I hated playing with dolls, especially Barbies!
My first crush on a girl was in the 6th grade, but she wasn't particularly interested in me.
Soon after that I started having boyfriends, because I had no clue that having a girlfriend was even an option.
At that time, all you saw on the television were white, straight folks.
When I was 16, I visited my cousin at his college. For lack of anything better to do, we went to a panel discussion put on by the Gay Activist Alliance. There were two women and one guy on the panel. And that experience was like a big lightbulb that went on in my head.
I spent the next 7 years looking for other lesbians, while still dating guys.
As soon as I found my first girlfriend, I gave up dating guys immediately.
It took my family a couple of years to get used to the fact that I am a lesbian.
But that was over 30 years ago!
Since then, I gave birth to a beautiful daughter (using artificial insemination), have had a great career, and been involved with my wife for 16 years.
We eventually got married in Massachusetts.
So for all you young folks reading this, listen up:
It does get better and you can have it all!
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