Long before marriage equality, long before it became cool to be openly gay. At the age of 15 we were still in the grip of the HIV epidemic when it was referred to as GRID.
There were no treatments and certainly no Prep. Mortality rates were high and an entire generation of gay men living in SF were dead or dying.
My first queer role model was Pedro Zamora from the “Real World” SF. He was the first person on TV to show what’s it’s like to live with AIDS and be openly gay. With his bravery I began to feel less afraid for my future and came out!