When Daniel Delgado was only 14, a school counselor persuaded him he should change his gender.
“When I was dressing up like a woman, I thought this was going to be the place where I could become something, that my life could matter,” Daniel says on a 700 Club video.
Daniel Delgado’s confusion started when he was molested at age 5 by two boys in his neighborhood in Chicago.
“The feelings that I was experiencing of same-sex attraction were unwanted,” he says. “Those feelings were surfacing in my life and I didn’t know what to do with them.”
His mom was often distant, and his dad and stepdad were harsh disciplinarians who didn’t offer compassion to their sensitive son.
“I thought that masculine strength was too scary, and I didn’t want to become like them,” Daniel says.
So, as he grew older, he inclined towards feminine behavior and habits.
“When I told my father that I was going to embrace the gay identity, he said, ‘Don’t bring it around me,’” he remembers.
Life didn’t get better for him as expected.
Living outside of Dallas, Texas, he became the target for constant ridicule and bullying.
“I thought that there was no hope for me,” he recalls. “Life was too painful, and sometimes it just seemed like it would be better to be dead than alive.”
Daniel found acceptance but didn’t believe he could shed the same-sex attraction, so he eventually dropped out of church.
“I didn’t think that the church was a place for me. I thought that the LGBT community was my home,” Daniel says.
He dressed as a woman, put on makeup and called himself Danielle. He began competing in Drag Queen pageants. Read the rest: No longer drag.