Originally Posted by JaredR
How can I heal these feelings of rejection from my childhood? How can I develop a masculine self-image and feel like an equal member of my gender?
You don't have to develop a masculine self-image to be an equal member of your gender. Androgyny is very cool. Being comfortable with who you are is more important than learning to be like others.
I was teased a lot at high school too. It dropped away in college (because I found more people like me) and further away still as I grew older. It's often hard to remember that high schoolers are young and immature, and don't behave like most people will as they grow up. By the time you are in your late 20s, you will still run into the occasional bully, but you will find they are despised by most people, and regarded as immature or controlling.
Just remember it's fine to be yourself. You're perfect as you are. Don't go changing.