For the first time in his 27 years, Nelson felt free. Finally free! It was as if a heavy weight had been lifted off his chest, and now he could breathe—really breathe. All this time, he thought, I wasn’t being true to myself. I was conforming. I took the easy way out rather than listening to my heart and honoring the person I was born to be.

And to think, all it took was a late night run one particularly steamy July evening to Dapper Dan’s All-Night Leather Boutique for Nelson Kraft to discover the look he knew was meant to be his from the very start—the look that would finally secure him his first girlfriend.