“When did you realize that you were gay?” This question used to be present among the boys I interacted with in my youth. This gave rise to the most diverse stories, some more pleasant than others, but which accounted for the multiplicity of experiences and situations lived many times since childhood. When I later conducted research on the subject, asking my interviewees about their earliest memories of sexuality, there were often references to the boy they had been attracted to in school, to the furtive look to the bodies of men in public toilets or to the excitement experienced while playing fights with another boy of their same age. These and other references led me to explore more systematically the way in which gay men begin their sexual lives, the rights that the State formally recognizes for them, their concerns and desires.
These and other topics have been developed in the texts compiled in this book, whose common denominator is trying to understand the life of gay men in those early years through various sources, from interviews, life stories or literary works and academic domestic and foregin research.