12 Women on the Moment They Knew They Were Gay

“As soon as we kissed, I knew there was no going back.”

Let’s be clear: There is no checklist or timeline when it comes to putting a name on your sexual identity. Each individual is different, both with how they identify and how they may became aware of that identity.

To identify as gay, it means that you may feel sexual and/or romantic attraction to someone of the same gender identity, says LGBTQ+ expert Kryss Shane. “Sometimes it’s a general awareness; other times it’s self-recognition from a same-sex friendship that begins to feel like something more, and sometimes it’s through sexual exploration,” Shane explains.

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