Virginia Beach, VA (1992)
As a kid, I fondly remember the memories I have of playing with my Barbies.
I loved girly things, and I was always carrying my dolls around with me in my big pink Barbie suitcase. And my first love was the Black Power Ranger.
I didn't like myself from then on, well until I was around age 16.
If there is one thing I could tell myself back then, and other young gay kids now, it is this:
Love yourself, and be who ever you want to be. Because until you love yourself, how can you expect anyone to love you back? It's hard, but dry those tears - it does get better.
One day you to will find someone who loves you exactly as you are.
Looking back on this photo, I'm proud. I'm proud I wasn't afraid to express my love for beautiful things, just as I'm not afraid to express it now.
I am me, myself, and I - and I was born this way after all.
Now, I'm in my 20's and I'm engaged to marry my partner.
And he's my personal Power Ranger now! :)
Matthew's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Walter Jones (the first "Black Power Ranger")
Also check out "My First Gay Crush Blog"