Ant (born Anthony Steven Kalloniatis), 40,
Los Angeles, comedian and reality show host
When I Knew: "I remember I was 9 years old and we had a tree fort in my back yard we built with my dad. It had electricity and lights. Seriously, the only thing that was missing was a foyer. And Richard Scalfani swiped one of his dad's Playboys. And he brings it into the fort. And I'm there (with two other friends). They open up the centerfold and they see her breasts and say, 'Look at that' and then they come down to her nether regions and say, 'Look at that.' And I yell 'Look at her shoes!' "
Ricc Rollins, 45,
Tampa, senior pastor of the Breath of Life Fellowship Community Church
When I Knew: "I was fascinated by Liberace. Let me give you a list: Liberace, Paul Lynde, Charles Nelson Reilly — there was something about them. . . . It was almost like seeing black people on TV in the '60s, where you'd (call your friends) and say, 'Look, there's a colored person on.' Little Richard fascinated me. Because they lived their lives with such flamboyance. It was not them; it was the manner in which they lived their lives — out in the open."
David Warner, 55, Tampa, editor of Creative Loafing newspaper
When I knew: "I think I knew when I was 9 years old. I just remember being conscious of other guys' bodies, I guess. We moved to a new school where everybody had to shower together for gym class from fourth to eighth grade, and I guess I just saw things in a different light. But I'm somebody who didn't come out officially until I was 23. . . . There was just an attraction there that I was feeling but couldn't really name. And I got called 'Daisy' when I was a kid. So I must have been sending out signals to someone."
Lisa Leigh Robinson, 39, of St. Petersburg, executive chef
When I knew: "Kindergarten. I had a teacher that I thought walked on water. I thought she was the most beautiful thing that hit the planet. It was really funny because, being a girl, my family wrote it off as a crush — (heterosexual) infatuation. But when I got into second grade, I had a teacher's aide and I did the same head over heels thing. So it was this pattern."
Michael Freincle, 20, Brandon, student
When I Knew: "Sometime before 8 years old. I was more comfortable with girls because they weren't so obsessed with sports. I didn't like games like 'smear the queer' — because, ironically enough, I was always the queer. You know, where you throw the football and whoever catches it gets tackled? . . . I was just an easy target."
Lorna Bracewell, 24,
St. Petersburg, singer-songwriter
When I Knew: "I guess it came out when I was in fifth grade. I knew from watching The X-Files in school and having the hots for Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) and not for Mulder (David Duchovny). Everybody — they'd always teased me from as early as I can remember, saying 'That's just because you're gay' or 'You're a lesbian,' and I'd say, 'But I have a boyfriend.' I think they knew it before I did."
Patti Petow, 52, Clearwater,
When I Knew: "I saw Babes in Toyland when I was 4 or 5 . . .
I don't remember the whole story. But I remember there was a relationship. And I wished I was the guy in the role, not the girl. Only because I wanted the affection of the girl."