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IssuesStrengthsChallenges What does it mean to be gay I never had any real attraction towards women but I really knew that I was gay when puberty began I felt an attraction toward the other boys and I was curious to find out what they were like PJ Smith Personal communication November 23 1999 Men who call themselves gay are sexually attracted to and fall in love with other men Their sexual feelings toward men are normal and natural for them These feelings emerge when they are boys and the feelings continue into adulthood Although some gay men may also be attracted to women they usually say that their feelings for men are stronger and more important to them We know that about one out of ten people in the world is gay or lesbian This means that in any large group of people there are usually several gay people present However you cannot tell if someone is gay or not unless he or she wants you to know Gay people blend right in with other people But they often feel different from other people Gay teenagers may not be able to specify just why they feel different All of the guys they know seem to be attracted to girls so they dont know where they fit in And they may not feel comfortable talking with an adult about their feelings How do I know if Im gay Id always felt different from other kids for as long as I can remember I started having random sexual feelings for both genders around the age of eleven Id read some sex-education books and figured that my feelings were part of a phase and would pass I didnt realize that it was my feelings for girls that were part of a phase and had passed until I was fifteen PJ Smith Personal communication November 23 1999 Youth may not know what to call sexual feelings They dont
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