Oh, to be 13. What a time, what a time! Was it good? Was it bad? Who can say! (Okay honestly it was pretty bad, but perhaps that… wasn’t… universal? I dunno, you tell me!)
Whether it was good or bad though, we were all definitely 13 once, and wow, what a time it was. Something fun to do as a queer person is look back on our lives and recognize the things we did that were oh so gay that we didn’t even realize were so extremely gay at the time. Take all of Kayla’s baffling fashion choices, for example. GAY. Take my inexplicable choice to make duct tape wallets for a girl I was “just friends” with, photocopy pages out of Jewel’s book of poetry (yes, Jewel wrote a book of poetry), cut certain love poems up line by line, and then paste those lines all over the duct tape wallets. For a girl I was just friends with, remember!!! Suffice it to say, we were doing some gay stuff when we were 13. I bet you were too. I want you to tell us about it!
We’ll publish a list with all your contributions next week, much like our esteemed and celebrated Pandemic Sex Dream list we put together many moons ago. All contributions will be anonymous and it will be great fun to look back on how extremely gay we all were as baby 13 year olds and giggle and reflect on the ways in which some things change, and some things stay very much the same. Help us celebrate Autostraddle’s 13th birthday and our fundraiser we’re hosting in honor of the event by participating in this nostalgic community project! Can’t wait to learn all about the gayest things you did at 13!