Sam, age 10
Queensland, Australia (1981)
At this age, I had no idea what a lesbian was. Nobody said 'that's so gay' back in those days! I did, however, have a series of crushes on my 'best friends' and was in the habit of convincing the other girls at school to practice kissing with me.
I tried kissing some of the boys, but it wasn't nearly as much fun as kissing one of the girls.
So my 'best friend' and I found our own corner to kiss in. Nobody else seemed to notice or care!
In those days, I loved Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Joan Jett - girls who didn't play by the rules.
Many years later, I went to the movies to see a movie called "Go Fish" - and I had no idea it was about lesbians.
When I walked out of the movie I said to my friend:
'I'm one of those girls - I'm a lesbian!'
It was a defining moment for me, the first time I realized it was OK to be attracted to other girls!