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    Amber: "I was on vacation with my parents. I insisted on dressing up for Halloween, even if I couldn't go trick or treating. I didn't think that it was odd that I wanted to be a pirate, or that my pirate was male."
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    Bastian: " It wasn't until puberty when the gender segregation and the 'not-really-right feelings' surfaced, culminating in the start of my physical transition from female to male in 2005, at age 23."
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    As a boy Brandon wanted Barbie dolls, but his parents only got him Ken.
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    Chrissy: "This picture was taken at the peak of me being called a tomboy. People often asked why I don't play with girls or dolls more often, and I'd tell them that they bore me."
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    David: "This is me, Little David, from Mt. Vernon, Ohio - birthplace of Paul Lynde!"
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    Dennis: "It was amazing to me that after having this picture and a few others hanging in 'my spot' in the hallway while growing up, that my parents were shocked that I was gay. How could they not figure it out?"
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    Grace: "I'm sitting on the bike, and that's my sister with me. And they really tried to 'girl' me up by making us dress alike with fluffy dresses. But I was happiest dressed in jeans, or - as you can see here - in my underwear!"
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    Heath: "Being 12-years-old and growing up in a small conservative town in the early 80's definitely forces you to keep certain things to yourself. Yet, clearly a hunky, shirtless lifeguard towering over me brought a rather large smile to my face."
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    Jerome: posing as Marilyn Monroe.
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    Lex: "Here I am, as Johnny Scott - the name I'd given to myself from 5 to 9 years old. ... My parents were the best, fully indulging me in my Johnny Scott persona. He was basically a beefed-up, snarkier, more lewd version of myself."
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    Mat: Told a Cub Scout group that "'My husband is going to be a policeman, and I'll be living in a 3-bedroom house, with flowers and a beagle - and I'll make the best ice cream in the world.' My suspicion about not fitting in was solidified at that moment. Everyone got upset, and the Scout Master started yelling at me - 'You can't do that! You're an abomination, a monster!' - and my personal favorite - 'Devil Child!'."
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    Nora: "First off, that ball should have said BUTCH on it. My parents raised me as the tomboy I wanted to be: Football with the boys, hockey instead of figure skating, and the nail in the coffin - softball instead of volleyball."
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    Patrick: "I remember playing house with my next door neighbor very frequently (as early as 3) and ALWAYS being the wife."
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    Ryan: "I''m Ryan (on the left), and this was just a normal day, playing with my - also gay - twin brother Kevin. We'd get in our baby blankets and pretend we were Cinderella and Snow White and have a blast putting on little shows for everyone."
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    Scott: "This was my day to bloom. My sister obviously caught my attention with her new garb, and that shade of pink still seems to have that effect on me."
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    Uli always wanted to wear his mom's heels -- everywhere.
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