I grew up in a very strict Catholic family in the late 1970's. And the word gay or homosexual was never mentioned.
Thus, at the age of 14, I still didn't know what gay was. Or that gay people even existed.
I'd had boy crushes for hotties like Scott Baio and Christopher Atkins, and swooned over them as much as my sister did. But always in secret. Then in 1987, reading a movie magazine, I had my first "serious" gay crush.
I came across the full page ad for "Masters of the Universe" starring Dolph Lundgren. I was absolutely floored by how cute he was with his perfect blond hair and skimpy costume, which revealed his totally hot, buff body. And I just completely melted!
Dolph was standing in front of bright rays of light shining all around him, and to me he seemed like an archangel warrior sent from the heavens! Also, unlike the animated He-Man who wore fuzzy briefs, this in the flesh version wore - oh my goodness - a sexy leather pouch! If that wasn't enough, across his chest he had thin, snugly-fitting leather straps!
I didn't have a word for it, but I knew right then that I was gay! My heart was pounding in my chest, and I felt slightly paralyzed as I fixated on the picture.
I decided I had to see the movie, never wanted to lose that picture ever, and I couldn't ever let anyone know I had it! So I rationalized that hiding the photo under my mattress would be the best thing to avoid suspicion.
In any case, I can truthfully say it's He-Man's fault that I'm gay! :) And I still think that movie poster picture of Dolph is totally hot!
Mike - Ontario, Canada