To my surprise -- it was a slumber party! I remember the immediate stroke of panic in the back seat of the car as I saw every girl, one by one, come out of the house. I held my present, got out of the back seat, and went for it. Despite my nerves, all of the other girls took to me quickly. There was one in particular, whom I met at this party -- who would change my life forever.
Laura and I connected almost instantly. She thought I was so cool for being a little boy who played with Barbies. And I just loooved her red hair and freckles!
By the time we got to Jr. High School, Laura and I were closer than ever. We started having sleepovers, taking trips together, and sharing life long dreams of moving to Hollywood, California. This friendship was crucial for me at this point in my life. Laura was the first and only person for years, who I began sharing about my feelings and experiences with men.
I mentioned in my last post that being gay at that time was not nearly as main stream as it is today. I grew up in a small town, surrounded by ignorance. I was terrified of what could or would happen to me. Laura provided me with the acceptance, love and encouragement to be who I am. She inspired me creatively. Taught me techniques to perform and to take my passion for acting to another level. We even would have what we called, "Bathroom Singing Hour", where we would lock ourselves in the bathroom and sing to one another at the top of our lungs!
Laura was a catalyst for sexual expression and exploration, she shared things with me that I have still yet to see or re-visit. We could share our authentic selves together, be naked together, laugh together, cry together, and know that no matter what, still love each other profoundly.