Aime, What a wonderful post!!
I totally connected with what you said I started at the mall as well LOL , then moved on to the supermarket and drugstore eventually I made it to the hair and nail salon,the beach, retausrants and bars and yep Gay bars and restaurants are good places for sure!!
you are right 100% it's all about confidence,self esteem and at firs following the 3 rules tbirdgal posted
About tween girls ..... just ignore them
About men ...... the more you interact with them the more comfortable you'll be/become around them
you would be surprised how they/some can be quite sweet and helpful when you least expected
Like you said it's ALL about confidence,self esteem and honesty
I'm proud of you