In 2005, photographer Robert Trachtenburg published a book of personal stories, filled with people answering that very question. His book inspired award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Eyes of Tammy Faye, Party Monster and Inside Deep Throat) to travel the country with their cameras and ask ordinary people to tell their stories of when they realized they were gay.
Queer Lounge presented its fourth panel of the week this afternoon in honor of the launch of the HBO Documentary. The panel was moderated by The Advocate's Editor in Chief Anne Stockwell and hosted by HBO and World of Wonder. Panelists included the filmmakers, Trachtenburg and out actor Rex Lee.
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The film also has also set up a video booth where Queer Loungers can share their own stories of when they knew and have it broadcast onto WhenIKnew.com.
Rex shares his own "When I Knew" moment: