Did I Ever Look Straight Once In My Life?

If you follow me on Twitter dot com, you have probably seen photos of me as a child. Specifically, you have seen my school yearbook photos. Here’s a refresher:

Look how cute I was! And how gay I was! And yet, I didn’t come out to myself or others until I was 20ish. I was, admittedly, very bad at pretending to be straight, as evidenced by my fashion choices ages 0-20.

So I ask you, my friends: Did I ever look straight once in my life? You decide!

Check out my sensible collection of overalls.

My first girlfriend

Is this how you heterosexual?

Gotta love a classic denim-on-denim outfit!

Just a straight cowgirl, nothing to see here

Why yes, I am indeed wearing a Ricky Martin tour shirt whilst crafting

I was the pitcher, baby!

I hear fannypacks and park ranger hats are all the rage in straight fashion.

Do not question my head-to-toe rainbow pattern.

Let us all take a moment to reflect on the fact that my mother was surprised when I came out.

The girl in this photo became my rival when she beat me out for the role of the mouse king in The Nutcracker. Is that gay?

Taken at Vacation Bible School!

More school pics!

In the photo on the right, I am wearing my softball jersey UNDER my basketball jersey.

I started wearing vests because Jennifer Morrison on House M.D. wore vests.

I used power tools shortly after this photo was taken.


Is this straight?

Are these camo Keds straight?

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Miami. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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  1. spent way too long trying to rank my favorites:
    a) softball jersey under basketball jersey (i just imagine this conversation w/ your parents: “kayla, you need to take off your softball jersey you have a basketball game today” “NO!”)
    b) bette porter realness! (are we sure this was pre coming out??)
    c) the head to toe rainbow fit
    d) everything else

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