Sawyer, age 5
Boise, Idaho (1998)
I remember in kindergarten I'd bring my "Star Wars" toys to school and trade them with the girls for their Barbies. This is not to say that I didn't love "Star Wars." In fact, I loved it so much that I received duplicates of almost every toy available for birthday/Christmas gifts. And that made it possible for me to have a Mermaid Barbie with color-changing hair AND a Star Wars Disk Shooter!
My grandma was, in fact, the first person to inform me that gay people even existed.
One time, we were looking through a People Magazine and she told me the women in a photo were Rosie O'Donnell and her girlfriend.
I asked, 'Girlfriend? Like they're in love?' and grandma said "Yes" with a smile. That short conversation gave me the courage to get through high school and come out to my family soon after I graduated.
Honesty is the best policy, I say.
Today, I don’t hide myself anymore and people love me for it.
I still love to wear XL t-shirts around my apartment, because it reminds me of the ball gowns and red-carpet looks I used to work at my grandma’s house.
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