Cozad, NB (1964)
My name is Kevin and I'm originally from a small town in Nebraska.
At the time this photo was taken, I was joyful, giddy, fearless, and ready to perform.
I mean, who wouldn't want to dance around on stage and receive all that attention? I remember being especially excited to see the older girls with their fire batons.
The baton lessons lasted only one summer, and after that I started to get the message that:
"Boys don't twirl the baton or play with Barbie."
It was around this same time that I remember being fascinated by the older boys at the pool. Although it wasn't until I was 20 that I embraced my sexual identity.
It took me a long time to get comfortable with this image, but now I look at it with great affection.
Sometimes I wonder who I would have become if I'd been in a more "artistic" family, or had any gay role models.
That being said, my parents did the best that they could, and Mom continues to show her love and support.
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!!!
Taken from: "http://borngaybornthisway.blogspot.com"