A few days ago, we were observing the 31st National Coming Out Day (NCOD). But it follows that we have to know what our sexual orientation (whether we are gay or transgender etc.) is first before we can come out. So, our question for you today is this: when and how did you know you were gay?

Others say it was as early as age 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 when they first experienced same-sex crushes although the dawning understanding that they are gay usually doesn’t come until they were in their teens at age 12, 13, 14 etc. On the other hand, we’ve also read online confessions where 22-year-old guys like this one would ask if they were gay and how would he know for sure? And can anybody please help him figure out his situation as he is crushing on a male classmate, hence our topic. But for this lady though, it wasn’t until she was already 36, married with 2 kids, when she realized she was gay.

Anyway, a study conducted in 2017 revealed that children who engaged in “gender-conforming play (meaning, they are ‘boys who played with trucks and girls who played with dolls’)” as early as 3.5 years old are “most likely to report being heterosexual at age 15.” Meanwhile, children who engaged in “gender-nonconforming play” or those “who played with toys not meant for their gender” are most likely to come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender in their teens. 

Is the result of their study true for you? How and at what age did you realize you were gay, guys? Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below.

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