This design spoke to me because it reminded me a lot of my favorite childhood Halloween costume.  So for the few of you that still aren’t sure, YES, I am gay.  I first said that out loud when I was 12 years old.  Of course, the one friend I confided in convinced me it was a phase.  It’s been a long phase.

Even as a young child I was butch (when I was allowed to choose my own clothing that is). And thinking back on my childhood Halloween costumes recently, I realized just how many of them were male characters: Superman, Lion-O from Thundercats, and for MANY MANY MANY years I was Dracula. Like, I just got obsessed with Dracula and repeated that custome over and over again.  I was totally digging the cape and the fake teeth, and I imagine I knew that Dracula was supposed to be this smooth talking ladies man. I wanted that Dracula swagger, y’all.  I wanted it bad.

Now keep in mind my trick or treating years ended in the early 90’s.  I grew up in small town Alabama.  My parents were and very much still are anti-gay. But ya know what? I don’t remember them ever once telling me I couldn’t be Superman or the male lead on Thundercats or the suave “I vant to suck your blood” Dracula.  Maybe they tried to push traditional feminine costumes.  I honestly don’t remember.  But what I do remember is that for one night a year I got to dress in a way that felt more authentic to who I was and no one made me feel ashamed for that. AND I got a pumpkin head bucket full of candy.  Living the dream y’all!

On a quick side note, I am not coming out as transgender.  I’m aware that one sentence could lead to that conclusion.  So I want to clear that up.  I think today’s kids might call me gender queer.  But I’m just Jen.  I embrace my masculine side and I love my feminine side.  And the way I express those is uniquely mine and what makes me…well…Me.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween and I hope you get to live out the fantasy (or reality) that your heart desires!

 

Trick or Treat, y’all!

~jen

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