From parentsociety.com blog:
One of the questions asked of LGBTQI people that straight people do
not get asked is this: When did you know you were gay? Lesbian?
Bisexual? Transgender? Questioning? Intersex?
I was around 11 years old when I knew I was gay, and I was 40 years
old when I finally came out of my gay closet. That’s almost thirty
years. I was 11 years old in the 1960s, a time in which being gay meant
that you were clinically known as a “homosexual,” which was then a part
of the America Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistics Manual
(DSM). In other words, to be gay meant that one had a psychiatric
disorder. The Church was uniformly against homosexuals, having carefully
erected a theology that announced we were simply living a sinful
lifestyle. No one in my school, among my peers, offered up that they
were gay or a lesbian, or had any attraction to a person of the same
sex. And nothing in the world of television or movies, art or dance,
showed me any healthy role model by which I could find some solace for
who I was and what I was feeling at the tender age of 11 years old.
For more go to: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/a-dads-perspective/coming-out-young-and-gay/
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