Junior High, as it is for many people, was puberty hell. The most significant event during this time was that I found out that I was gay. It is very hard to put in words, but since the day that I realized my sexuality, I knew that I had to keep it a secret. It was a very frustrating experience for me.

A MaskI chose to portray an introvert even though I loved to be around people. I decided that this way no one would question my sexuality. Instead of talking about girls they would assume that I was too shy to talk about girls or let alone date them. This fiasco continued until I started high school. I hated every minute of it. I wanted people to realize that I was a social person. At the same time the risk of people finding out that I was gay was too much.


Three very important milestones occured during high school. The day before 10th grade started I came out to my bestfriend Roly. He came out to me minutes after. Duing 11th grade I met Luis Montano and he helped me come out to the whole school. To try to explain the feeling of being free to the whole world in words is too limiting. I felt like everyone was seeing me for the first time for who I really was. Lastly, I met my first boyfriend, Brian Knowles.

Gay PrideI considered my high school experience as perfect as can possibly be. I was well liked by the majority of the student body. I had great friends. Most importantly no one seemed to care that I was gay. In fact, everyone that I interacted with was very supportive. I would not be the person that I am today if that acceptance had not been there. I want to say thank you to all the people that made that happen.


College has been the best thing that has happened to me. I can't say it's because of my education at the University of Florida. Don't get me wrong, UF is a great school. The problem is that I am such a bad student. I barely go to class and well you know the drill. What has shaped me most in college is the people that I have met.