Growing up gay is a very different experience than growing up straight. For the first time in your life, you're aware of being attracted to other boys and girls; your sexuality begins to define you in a way that it does not for children who are not gay. It's a moment that changes your life forever. On average, homosexual men reach this milestone earlier than lesbians and bisexual women. But when it happens, it's like a lightbulb going on in your head and you know you can never be anything else.
Heterosexuals often claim that homosexuals choose to be gay or are "going through a phase." But nearly all of the people interviewed in this article say they knew they were gay for very early in their lives, and expect to remain so for the rest of their lives. Here, 30 of them share the moment they knew they were gay.