I knew at 8 years old that I was only interested in guys. But I keep it a secret. At 16 I was very worried that someone would find out so I made myself be with girls. I was so miserable & it never felt right, and there was nothing females had to offer sexually that I wanted or like. But I keep trying to making myself be with females, even though I couldn’t do anything. Finally in my late twenties I got to experience sex with a man. It was the greatest experience I ever had. I’m 53 now and the last 25 years I’ve been sexually active with men. FINALLY this past year I came out openly gay to everyone. I let them know that I’ve been gay my whole life. My family & best friend wont have anything to do with me now. But I dont regret telling them. My name is Phillip Gessel and I’m gay!
Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew deep down I would like a girl one day. I talked to a few girls before. But, I actually was talking to my best friend at the time when I went to church that following Sunday,and the preacher started talking about how liking the same… Read more »Posted by Kearston
I grew up in a very small town and graduated from high school in 1975. Needless to say, not the best environment to be gay. I always knew I liked boys, but my parents attended a very conservative protestant church. I went to a small college first where I met a woman that I thought… Read more »Posted by David
Growing up in the foothills in rural North Carolina, being gay and particularly, “out,” were unheard of in the 1960s. There are more Baptist churches there than Starbucks in California today. I knew I was gay from 8 years of age, but had to hide my sexuality and had a few gay friends who I… Read more »Posted by Fred
Everyone says that starting college is a chance to “reinvent” oneself. I saw it as the opportunity to express my TRUE self and live the life I had been hiding from – the life of a gay man who didn’t feel he had to lie; to be unafraid of judgment from those around him. This… Read more »Posted by Cameron Horner