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Anyone else used to believe they were straight?

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  1. HeFleBiGen

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    I used to believe I was straight for the longest time up until several months ago, when I found myself attracted to anime guys. (I'm still attracted to anime girls, as well as real-life girls.)

    But here's my whole backstory

    When I was around 14 or 15, I found myself spying on my brother getting dressed (he's a heavyset guy) and getting turned on. I felt kinda weird, yet excited. I also kinda felt ashamed around my parents cos I thought that if I told them I would get shunned.

    Somewhere before that time I found myself attracted to SpongeBob lifting weights in "No Nose Knows" but didn't think anything of it.

    Around the time I was spying on my brother I found myself attracted to that really heavyset wheezy dude on "American Dad" (I can't place his name tho.)

    I'm sorry if this is so-short but I have this weird thing where I can't put together events in vivid detail.

    Also, I know this sounds like I have an attraction to only anime guys, but every time I see a guy's gut in real life I feel slightly uncomfortable (which isn't typical of a 'straight' person, as they wouldn't care at all.)

    Anyone else used to believe they were straight for the longest time before finally coming to terms with yourself?
     
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    Yeah I just assumed I was straight for ages, not even denial straight really, I just didn't figure things out for a while.
     
  3. HeFleBiGen

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    That was JUST like me!
     
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    And once I figured it out I was like, man how did I not realise this before.
     
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    For the first 20+ years of my life. I had a couple of girlfriends (if getting married on the playground in 4th grade counts as having a girlfriend).
     
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    I think most or nearly all gay or lesbian people originally thought of themselves as straight. Society conditions us that way.
     
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    Not me. When I was a kid I was always like "hell no I don't want boys, ew." The typical kid reaction. But that went on for forever, before I learned - reading Tamora Pierce's books I think - that gay was a thing I could be. I think before that I would have identified as ace, or just procrastinated about it? But it's always definitely been obvious to me that I wasn't straight even before I knew how that all worked. Sure societal conditioning is 110% a thing, but I think there's also something to be said for knowing your own mind.
     
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    I thought I was straight. And for me for a long time I didn't question it because it was an okay fit. I do and did like guys a lot. I still do, and still lean in that direction, but my desires have expanded with time. I now see some small hints though I had potential to be attracted to women I didn't realize before.
     
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    I'm sure most people thought that. I used to presume I was straight until I realized I just don't like anybody in a sexual/romantic way. (Ace guy here.) The irony is that now that I know I'm trans male, if I wasn't asexual, I'd be gay, because I think guys are hot.
     
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    Well I am the exact opposite. I used to be a lesbian until I identified as a guy, so now I'm straight!
     
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    Yip! I thought I was straight. I knew I would have "girl crushes" but I just thought it was because I would tell myself that I just really wanted to be like the women involved, rather than it being actual attraction. Later in life I started to realise that I wasn't straight, that I was at least a little bit bisexual but at that stage in my life things weren't good and I couldn't really deal with that on top of everything else so it kept getting pushed to the back of my head. It's only in the last few years that I have started to really understand things and am able to look back on my life and really see what was going on.
     
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    Yeah. That was the unspoken social norm, and especially at the time, with no internet and surrounded with people who abided (or at least, pretended to abide) by that norm, I didn't question myself. It didn't help that I'm pretty much aromantic and somewhat asexual as well, which means that I wasn't even crushing on anyone, really, and thus not noticing that things were different.

    I still don't care much about relationships, mind you, but now I'm aware that if I end up with someone, their gender won't matter.
     
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    Yes I thought I was straight until less than 2 years ago. I guess it was because I am bisexual and so I do like men too and being gender non-conforming took up a lot of my "time" on top of that. Also, being pretty "masculine" in my style and a little overweight and awkward for the longest time, no one ever really wanted to be with me anyway so I didn't get to express my sexuality and experience it fully so over time I stopped even thinking that I could ever be with anyone ever. What's more, I don't know any gay or bi women, I'm sure I've met some but I never knew if they were anything other than straight.

    But a year and a half or so ago I became aware randomly that I do feel attracted to women as well and then it became more and more obvious once I acknowledged it. Now I definitely look at everyone, men and women, all the same. I'd like to try be with a woman but I don't know where to meet queer women and I'm not American or west european so there's not a clear scene for this or groups