How do you know you are gay?

Princess Zelda Princess Zelda
I'm fighting real bad issues and I feel I might need help. I am married and I care very VERY much for the person I am with but I cant help feeling that I might be gay. I find male bodys slightly... repulsive and I cant help feeling like women are so much more beautiful to me. I am terrifide of being with a woman in both ways. (in a relationship and with sex) Not because I think its wrong but I'm not sure what to do.
Any help would be very GREAT!! Thank you for reading.
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Why Not? Why Not?
Princess Zelda, while I cannot dissect you sexuality based on one paragraph, it does sound, however, as though you may need to spend some time getting to know yourself and your sexuality. Many people have found themselves in relationships where they care very deeply for the other person, but come to realize that this person is not of the sex that they are primarily attracted to. Whether or not this is the case for you is not appropriate for me to say. My advice would be to reach out to groups or individuals that are focused on experiences similar to yours. I think that there may be many people on EF that can relate and may have good advice, however, I am guessing that the implications of your feelings may be a very complex and it may be beneficial to have a peer, a group, or a resource that count on over time as you figure things out.

As for me I struggled with my sexuality when I was younger. There was a lot of denial, self-loathing, and depression. This was before the age of the internet and there were fewer ways of connecting with other people to help work through my issues. One of my first sexual experiences was with the opposite sex and for a moment there was the fear that it had led to a pregnancy (at 16). It was a false alarm, but there was the real possibility that I could have wound up in a relationship with the opposite sex out of an obligation. For the long period after though, I wanted so badly to be straight even though I was attracted to men. I kept telling myself that the next sexual fantasy would be about a woman and that this is the last time that I thought about men. It never was though.

That was 20 years ago and I have long since worked out where I fit comfortably in the multi-faceted world of sexual identity. And I am now happily married to a man. But it was a long trip to get here and it helped to have people I could talk to again and again.

Whether you find that your feelings about male and female bodies, or same sex relationships, leeds you to a different understanding about your sexual identity and your relationship or not, it will be helpful to have support along the way. I sincerely wish that I had a one sentence answer that would help answer your question and put your mind at ease. I hope that it at least helps to know that sexuality is a confusing road to travel for a lot of people and that you don't have to do it alone.

Best wishes,
Why Not?
Vanille Vanille
I struggled all through my teens. I've dated men, but when it came to actually thinking about having sex with them, I felt severely grossed out. I dated my first real girlfriend off and on starting in 2005. Things felt 'right' then. We parted ways and I went back to dating a few other guys (not at the same time, mind you.), the repulsive, uncomfortable feeling coming back. I stopped dating altogether for a bit.

At 20, I came out to my mother as a lesbian, that was the most comforting thing to say. It felt right, and I finally had a hook on this sexuality thing.

Now at 24 I couldn't be happier with myself. I'm gay, and nothing can change that. That's just who I am. I wouldn't want to live in denial forever.

Sexuality is a confusing thing, but sometimes you just got to roll with it. Experiment. Even if you feel it's 'gross' or 'wrong', you can't change who you are or whom your attracted to.
Nacht Stern Nacht Stern
Hello Princess Zelda,

Hmmm it is hard to explain for me....

I myself am kinda' mix between:
I think I'm more of a male character, and am 'straight' loving girls
I think I'm more of a male character, and have homosexual-ish feelings for guys.

I do understand I am biologically female. But no matter whom or what I love I feel more manly than them..... (wow, that sounded really ego-tistic...)
So I'm not even sure if my story would help in anyway....but here it goes..

I was the first born child and my father was hopping for a son. I did "normal girl things" for the first four years of my life. I never really had fun doing the activities.

The second child born was also a girl. Mom only wanted two kids, so my father lost his chance of a son.

So father worked with what he had; I was more of a mudd and dirt girl, than a Susey teaparty player. I was always ruff housing with boys and never thought they had cuties or anything.

I did have childhood friends who were girls, but the friendship was never quite like the friendship I had with guys. The girls treated me differently and would usually make me the Dad in pretend house games, or ask me to be there Valentine. This behavior has been the same threw out my childhood and adult life.

Then came the awkward adolescent years were mother would constantly complain for me to get out of my Tomboy faze and become a young lady. So I tried to get into fashion and makeup. I looked like a "women" but felt like I was wearing some sort of costume.

My guy friends took notice in the outer change and started to hit on me. But of course my personality was still tough girl and my guy friends and I could never make anything romantic happen. We would try but would both come to the conclusion that we are always gonna be best bros.

I could imagine a good best friendship with my guy friends. I could even imagine being sexual with them, but the sex in my mind was not sex that I would see between a man and a woman on the internet.

By then I had health class and was, I like to call it, "scared queer". All the talk of pregnancy really scared me. When my parents had the "birds and the bees" talk with me they sounded just like the health instructor: "Don't have sex, you will get pregnant and die!" ¯\(º??)/¯

So when I thought about sexual relationships with my guy friends, I would always imagine I had a penis and was penetrating them. (TMI?)

When I imagined girls on the other hand everything was different. I always wanted to be the night in shinning armor to come and save the princess in the Disney movies. I wanted to hold girls, keep them safe, see them smile and be happy.
When I hit puberty those dreams were getting stronger but now I also dreamed about whisking them away into a castle and make love to them all night long....

I did not want to have a penis when I thought of sex with girls, most of the time. I do have penis envy, but logic would not allow me to be a biological man with a women for fear of impregnating her. O.k. I am starting to get confusing... moving along...

Later on in high school life and beginning of college I saw what guys can truly be like. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of nice guys out there, but I was only exposed to vile men would cheated/lied/ physically abused my friends. I hated seeing it.

I was finally away from my little town and found the Gay Straight Alliance at my college. During my whole life I felt I was the only person having mixed feelings, but at GSA I found individuals like myself and would talk to them all the time.

By then I decided to get some counselling to make sure I was sane. I would spend a few days a week with the counselor poring my heart out and trying to figure out this lesbian/ straight man/ gay man persona I had.

It was the worst mistake of my life.

After about two weeks of seeing the counselor she said she compiled enough data on me to relay back what she thought was going on inside me.

She stated that I was on the path to hell, I strayed from God's grace. My pagan religion had tainted my sole, cursing me into gender purgatory. If I did not deny temptation and just fulfill my basic biological female function of motherhood, I was going to be miserable in life and afterlife.

Luckily the counselor's other patients decided to speak up about her and she lost her job.

I have a hard time coming out to people because of that women. If you want to talk to someone about you feelings make sure it is someone you can really trust! I do not wish to scare you, not everyone will have that same experience. It is something I wish upon no one.

Whatever is goin on in your head it is natural, even if religion condems it, your family does not except it, or science has not found a name for it yet.

The only morals that matter are your own. The only way to get to true happiness is threw yourself.

I hope you found this some what useful.

Best of wishes
- Nacht Stern
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