Throughout high school, i played a serious game of avoidance when it came to the question of my sexuality. It was the nineties and while homosexuality was less taboo than before, it was still taboo. It was the decade DADT (Don't Ask Don't Tell) became the official policy of the US military. It was also the decade when DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act) was enacted into law preventing the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages (and civil unions) in the same manner in which it recognized marriage between a man and a woman.
In my teens, i had definitely crushed on my fair share of guys, but never engaged any of them romantically. I was content living in a state of denial and decided i would repress my sexual attraction towards guys until those attractions disappeared altogether which i assumed would happen eventually. In the meantime, i immersed myself into some of my favorite things: politics and music.
At my high school i was one of only a select group of kids who could not only drive, but had their own car. This came with certain privileges and the respect of my peers. I used to drive my friends home or where ever and i was always the one listening to 70s R&B like Al Green and Earth, Wind and Fire in my car which made me one of the cool kids... despite the fact i was also a band dork!