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Would that make me straight, or at least straight enough? I didn’t have to spend all day fighting my urges; I could just ignore them in public and acknowledge them in private, fleeting moments. I found my mark on a Friday night in late October 2000.

Maybe I could find a butch straight girl — someone with short hair, androgynous features and a fondness for guys’ clothing. I went to the prom with a girl my mother hoped I’d end up with. I thanked her for telling me, and never gave a hint that we shared something in common.) Back then, at 17, a year still felt like forever, and the idea of being 35 or 40 seemed ridiculously far off – distant enough for me to tell myself that everything would take care of itself and I’d end up married to a woman. My outlet was online chat rooms, and I kept strict rules: Never give my real name, never give out a phone number, never show a picture, always use a fake email address. This worked until my junior year, but my curiosity grew: Maybe I could arrange to meet someone. I was in the chat room and about to log-off when a private message flashed on my screen.

By the time I got to Boston University, I’d buried my secret so deep that I barely thought about it when I was with my new friends. He was in his early 30s (or so he claimed) and lived in an older neighborhood far from campus.

I didn’t see a picture, but his description sounded good enough. When I saw him for the first time, I had one immediate thought: Run.

My heart rate quickened and my mind spun until a thought surfaced: This is what it means to be gay. I was the All-American kid, or so I told myself – good grades, never in trouble, bright future, well-respected by my peers. After a trip to Cape Cod with a friend and his family, the kid’s mother said her favorite moment was watching “straitlaced Steve” struggling to make sense of all the hedonism around him when we drove out to Provincetown.

I remember seeing drag queens and men dressed in skimpy attire and thinking to myself: Get me out of here so I can watch a baseball game. I was an ESPN addict as far back as elementary school. So my epiphany at that basketball game was as sudden as it was incompatible with my self-image. My confidence would swell each time I convinced myself a girl was attractive – and it would crater whenever a guy provoked a much stronger, more instinctive response. What if I’d rather sleep with an attractive member of the opposite sex than an ugly member of my own?

I’ve read stories from people who say they always knew they were attracted to the same sex, or that they figured it out at a young age. I had practically no idea until one night in my sophomore year of high school.

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