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Can 13-year-olds really be gay?

Filed By Ed Team | February 11, 2010 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: carolyn hax, teens, Washington Post

"A 13-year-old knows a lot about his sexuality. Think back to when you were 13. Maybe your tastes have changed since then, but you were still you, no? And knew it when you had a crush?"

--Washington Post columnist Carolyn Hax, responding to a mother who wanted to know if her 13-year-old could really be gay

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Hell, I knew I was gay way before I was 13. Great point in the article about crushes and knowing then.

For a while when I was six and in first grade, I loved a girl. Her name was Christine. Then I met and boy and fell in love with him. His name was Wayne.

I never thought about what I was and why I could love members of either sex, and frankly, it really didn't matter. In my mind, I was normal. It wasn't until much later, sometime around puberty as I recall, that I learned there were many who did not share my nature. And that's when I realized that I was special.