Brownwood, Texas (1956)
I experimented with the boys around me through Cub and Boy Scouts during junior and high school, and I came out once I was on my own.
I don't remember much in the way of teasing or bullying as I was growing up. For one thing,
I was smarter than the rest of the kids in my classes, so the teachers noticed me.
I also had a big brother who was tough. Unlike the rest of my family, he looked out for me.
Soon after this photo was taken, the rest of my family began mocking my comedy and dance routines. They would drag me out and make me perform in front of neighbors - for the express purpose of everyone having a laugh, but me.
And not the good-natured kind of laughter.
But when I got away from them 13 years later,
I became a professional performer and pursued it for 20 years.
So my advice to the gay kids of today is:
Keep your dreams close, and don't give anyone the power to take them away from you.
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