January 17th, 2011

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Born This Way

Like a lot of people who spend a good portion of their time online, I follow a number of blogs. They range from home stuff to writing blogs to news columnists. I discovered a new one over the weekend that intrigues me, and I'm passing it along, because I think a fair number of our readers will be intrigued by it as well.

It's called Born This Way. It describes itself as thus:

A photo/essay project for gay viewers (male and female) to submit pictures from their childhood (roughly ages 2 to 12), with snapshots that capture them, innocently, showing the beginnings of their innate LGBT selves. It's OUR nature, our TRUTH!

What it is ends up being a lot more than that. Submitters talk about their childhoods, sometimes with humor, sometimes far more seriously, and the result is some wonderful peeks into what it means to struggle (or not) with identity as a child. Now, that doesn't mean everybody who is gay was effeminate/butch, or that if you're effeminate/butch as a child you'll come out as gay later on in life, but these people at least partially identify with that characterization. And their stories are well worth reading.