What I Hear When You Say
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def • i • ni • tion
Gay [gey]


of, relating to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex.

One phrase. Many interpretations.

Explore what different people hear when asked "When did you become gay?"


What I Hear When You Say

If You Want To Understand My Identity, Just Ask

Aired: 2017-03-10 0:46 Rating: NR

Examine the question, “When did you become gay?” with activist Kristin Russo.

What do you hear?

What do you hear when someone asks, "When did you become gay?" Are there ways to learn more about each other without making assumptions about gender and sexuality? Use the hashtag #WhatIHearPBS to share your thoughts.

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