The Movie That Made Me Realize I Liked Men – Pop Off

They help shape the people we’re going to be, I really believe that. And I think no films we ever see in our adult lives match the kind of impact movies can have on us when we’re younger.

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Sure, action movies I loved as a kid like Jurassic Park, Speed, and True Lies wouldn’t have pointed to me being gay at all.

I was eleven years old, and I was still dragging my parents and grandparents to movies that most boys my age weren’t seeing. Sure, my dad took me Happy Gilmore and we laughed our asses off. We saw the summer blockbusters like Twister and Independence Day, and I had a great time.

I knew about twenty minutes in the movie wasn’t going to be an instant favorite of mine. It moved too slowly, and the story was kind of dumb. The next League of Their Own this definitely wasn’t, even though Rosie O’Donnell appeared briefly in this one too.

Again, it wasn’t until high school that my attraction toward guys started becoming more than mere attraction, but I was aware as early as age eleven that something was definitely different about me. Those feelings terrified me at the time. I didn’t know what to do about them.

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