Hartson, age 10
Paducah, Kentucky (1976)
I think this photo of me just about sums it ALL up!!! ;)
I always liked being an entertainer, and in 1976 I also learned to play the flute.
Later during Middle & High school years while in the marching band and playing in parades, my "friends" would yell out, "Play that skin flute!"
Something tells me they knew I did. And very well!
Growing up in a mid-sized city had its drawbacks, but I think it made me into a great person.
Now at age 49, I look back and remember all the fun stuff, not the crappy stuff.
So that's my advice to LGBTQ kids reading my story today:
Just enjoy life!!!
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