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GAY KID ELISABETH J

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with the Catholic Church. I remember going to Holy Mass every Sunday with my mother. The nuns were so sweet to me and I totally adored the Holy Mother of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Surrounded by candle lights and clouds of incense, she looked down at me; so kind, so serene and so beautiful. At the age of six, finally understanding the importance of the child Jesus Christ, Catholic little me got a bit confused. With Virgin Mary no longer the sole star I could no longer grasp the meaning of it all …

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THE ORIGINAL GAY KID

Most children and grown ups have read or heard the story about The Ugly Duckling written by the world famous Danish author of fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).

Hans Christian never married. In his diaries he wrote about some women he met, but it is an open secret that he wrote love letters to male friends that he admired. He even proposed. That makes him a Gay Kid. Being a Gay Kid in Denmark 200 years ago wasn’t that easy. One could easily be teased and bullied. So what did Hans Christian do? He became world famous by writing fairy tales about being different and wrongfully rejected. Some historians argue that the story about The Little Mermaid, who suffered and died because the prince she loved could not love her, is all about Hans Christian and the man he adored, Edvard Collin. And what about the story of the ugly duckling ridiculed by the whole duckling society – that turned into a beautiful, majestic and much admired swan? Read the story again with the perspective of Andersen being a Gay Kid, and the story gets a whole new meaning.

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Per-Kristian, former Chancellor of the Exchequer of Norway and Gay Kid

I knew that I fell in love with boys in my teens, but I didn´t tell anyone before the age of 25. I have never been ashamed of being gay, but I was a bit of a loner, confused and keeping myself to myself trying to figure out whom I was. I thought that I might be gay, but the only gay men I knew were feminine. That simply wasn´t me. I liked things to be tough and masculine. Growing up I didn’t dream about becoming a politician, but a fire fighter or even a train driver. So I pondered a lot and thought that it couldn’t be true that I was a boy who liked boys. But I was wrong. Because when I grew up I realized there was a lot of gay men, who were masculine men just like me. When I finally accepted I was gay I became a lot more confident and my life as a loner was finally over.