was my first gay crush.
Actually, it was Lucy and Renée O'Connor as "Gabrielle" who were my first lesbian crushes.
I was 9, and still absolutely clueless about my own sexuality, but from the time I found the show in 1997, I never missed an episode.
Xena was who I idolized and wanted to be, and Gabrielle was the woman I wanted at my side.
I don't think I ever actually admitted my crush to anyone, and no one ever questioned it. Probably because I also watched shows like "Hercules,""The Adventures of Sinbad," and "Beast Master." But anyone who watched those shows knows they were loaded with more hot babes than any show with female protagonists.
Back then, I thought Xena and Gabrielle were more than friends, but I was so naive that I didn't even know women could be together that way. So they remained best friends in my mind, due to my limited knowledge.
Looking back, I can't help but wonder - even at such a young age - if I was picking up on the lesbian subtext.
Hilary - Saskatchewan, Canada
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