LGBT figuring out what my label should be

Lara from Germany I grew up in a rural area in the deep south of Germany. And with rural, I mean *really* rural. There are twice more cows than people in my village rural. My parents get free days from work because we sometimes can’t leave this place due to snow rural.   My parents …

INStories  UncategorizedNovember 9, 2018
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A/S/L?

Katrina from Australia Sexuality was shamed in my family and mostly ignored. When a kissing scene would happen in a movie, my dad would put his hands over his eyes and go eww. I realize later that he was feeling awkward about being around children during things like this. I never got a birds and …

INStoriesOctober 10, 2018
BY: stumbling
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The guilty gender

Alphonse from Germany One day I was walking around after school with my sister and we found a porn magazine on the street. It was already a bit wet so the pages stuck together. We worked so hard trying to separate all of them. My parents were traveling so a friend of my parents was …

INStoriesSeptember 26, 2018
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It’s not gay if it’s just play

Sophia from Australia I went to a Catholic school for both primary school and high school so our whole sex education was abstinence is the key. It was very focused on the importance of virginity and that you needed to be in love to lose your virginity. They didn’t say that you should never have …

INStories  UncategorizedSeptember 10, 2018
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21-17-81

David from the United States   My mom was a single parent who worked a lot, so I grew up with a lot of freedom and a lot of time to myself. As long as I didn’t get in trouble, kill myself, or get taken to prison, my mom didn’t ask questions. I have to …

INStories  UncategorizedAugust 26, 2018
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Sex (or the lack thereof) before birth control

Many of us take the option of safer sex for granted but what about those generations of people who had to diagnose the risk of every sexual interaction even more carefully?

INStoriesAugust 13, 2018
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It’s always the teddy bear

Christine from the Netherlands    One of the first memories I have is when I started masturbating. I think I started kind of early. I have heard from a few people that they also started around five but I think overall there aren’t so many. One night, I woke up in the middle of the …

INStoriesJuly 30, 2018
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Playing house, the rated R edition

Emma from Switzerland   When I was around seven years old, my friend and I started playing what we called “Mom and Dad.” She always played the dad/husband and I always played the mom/wife. We always had jobs. I, as the woman, worked in a very modern office. My friend as the man in the …

INStoriesJuly 12, 2018
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The sultry affair with romance novels

Kim from Canada    I have always been really into reading. When I was growing up, the most easily available books where those dime store romance novels, usually Harlequin brand. My mom had quite a collection of them and new ones were always coming. Between the ages of ten and thirteen, I easily read over …

INStoriesJune 11, 2018
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The making of a pansexual polyamorist

Markus from Germany   If I think about why I am the way I am as an adult, especially sexually, it’s not difficult to figure out where some of these things come from. I’m very sex positive and open about my sexual side, I’m pansexual and I’m polyamorous (poly). This is kind of the story …

INStoriesMay 9, 2018
BY: stumbling
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Sex in the country

Living half in the city and half in the country, Martina had the option of learning about sex from both worlds; big city public schools and the animal kingdom.

INStoriesApril 19, 2018
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The Entrepreneurial Kisser

Tristan fell madly in love with his first girlfriend in grade school and wanted nothing more than to hold hands and kiss all day. When the opportunity arose to not only kiss the girl of his dreams but also make some cash on the side, he couldn’t say no.

INStoriesApril 5, 2018
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The Russian super women

Coming from a tiny town in the middle of the tundra, Anja dealt with an incredibly closed mined and homophobic society, where she was never able to figure out who she was as a sexual being.

INStoriesMarch 19, 2018
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My second puberty

While we may think of puberty happening only to teenagers, for transgendered men and women taking hormones, a second puberty can come at any time and bring some interesting side effects.

INStoriesMarch 5, 2018
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Sex and sin

At the age of fourteen I discovered masturbation and became a born again Christian, so I had a lot of conflicting ideas. My very formative experiences of sexuality were framed in “sex is sinful and dirty and there are intense, life long consequences.”

INStoriesFebruary 19, 2018
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Every time I tried to access sex, it was taken away

Not learning much about sex from her school or her parents, Sophia tried getting information anywhere she could including movies and even video games.

INStoriesJanuary 26, 2018
BY: stumbling
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Growing up with zero shame

If no one tells you it’s inappropriate to talk openly about sexuality, you can grow up thinking it’s fine to share everything, even with your parents.

INStoriesJanuary 8, 2018
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The Playboy Channel, the best thing ever

Joseph wanted nothing more than to spend his days watching the Playboy Channel but as a kid, it’s not always that easy. Joseph however, couldn’t be stopped.

INStoriesDecember 27, 2017
BY: stumbling
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Wrestling with desire

As a kid, Newman Alexander was really into wrestling and quickly his love for the sport blurred over into his sexuality.

INStoriesNovember 13, 2017
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The pleasure of pursuit

Louise never cared about sex until she developed an intimate and intensely sexual relationship that launched her into her own vibrant sexuality.

INStoriesOctober 25, 2017
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The threat of “turning gay”

Knowing a bit about a topic can be more dangerous than knowing nothing at all. Is Patrick gay? Can his actions make him gay?

INStoriesSeptember 8, 2017
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I want you to want me

Kids don’t have to know what sex is to know that there is something about wanting, loving and touching another person that is appealing.

INStoriesJune 27, 2017
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What it means to be a girl

For a while, Cat wasn’t sure if she was meant to be a boy or a girl and what it meant to be either one of those things.

INStoriesJune 12, 2017
BY: stumbling
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The first kid to discover masturbation

The first time when you figure out that it can feel really nice to touch yourself in this special way can be a magical moment for many people.

INStoriesMay 17, 2017
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Enveloped in cuddles and culture change

Like many first generation immigrants, Greg grew up between the lines of Hong Kong and Canadian culture where sexuality was handled in very different ways.

INStoriesApril 19, 2017
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The Entrepreneurial Porn Peddler

A young boy finds hundreds of porn magazines dumped in the trashcans and quickly realizes that he has been handed a great opportunity.

INStoriesMarch 24, 2017
BY: stumbling
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Geeking out on sex

As kids most of us think that we know everything there is to know but David was smarter than that. He knew that there were going to be a lot of things that he didn’t know, especially when it came to sex, so he made it his mission to never be caught off guard.

INStoriesMarch 2, 2017
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Beneath the murky waters

Sarah figures out her body can do this cool thing when she touches this special area and tries to figure out the best ways and places to experiment with this new sensation.

INStoriesJanuary 25, 2017
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Playing “E”

Playing “E” was the perfect code word for the special game Katja and her friend would play. It wasn’t too obvious but it let the other know that a well thought out and developed scene was about to happen between the two of them.

INStoriesDecember 24, 2016
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The Search After The Weird Pelvis Feeling

Hanna goes through some positive and not so positive experiences as she searches for this weird feeling she sometimes gets in her pelvis area and tries to get some special friends of hers to play doctor with her.

INStoriesNovember 23, 2016
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Rejection In Every Way Possible

Some people are just not ready for the thralls of childhood romance. Tom just wanted to be a kid but when it came out that some girls at his school liked him, he did everything he could to avoid the situation.

INStoriesOctober 26, 2016
BY: stumbling
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The Art and Science of Dildo Making

After seeing porn, Ashley wanted to try penetrating herself but was too young to walk into a sex shop or have a credit card to buy one online. Instead she took the path of a true engineer and decided to experiment with making her own.

INStoriesJuly 29, 2016
BY: stumbling
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Sleepovers, Soft Porn and Phone Sex Hotlines

Growing up in the GDR, Momo started her childhood with zero contact with sexuality. Then, when the wall came down, a rush of sexual media came flooding in and she got the chance to learn about this new world for the first time.

INStoriesMay 31, 2016
BY: stumbling
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Young Unrequited Love

All at once Zach went from a kid who didn’t even notice girls to a kid who was obsessed and madly in love with girls and needed to proclaim his love from the mountain tops. Though, yelling how much he loved one girl from a mountain would have probably been better than what he ended up doing.

INStoriesMay 2, 2016
BY: stumbling
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Everything I Know, I’ve Read Online

Through a string of sleepovers Jane and her friends played out romantic scenes from movies and learned that rubbing against things in a certain way can feel really good.

INStoriesApril 21, 2016
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The Puppet Master of Playing Doctor

Sexuality doesn’t have to be fast, for Grace it was a long process of learning to explore and be more comfortable with her girlfriends and building up over years starting from a simple show me yours and I’ll show you mine, leading up to cherished relationships and decently hardcore sex scenes.

INStoriesMarch 24, 2016
BY: stumbling
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Water Play at the Sports Club

When you don’t have adults to get information from, you end up having to learn from your friends. When you ask other ten year olds what sex is though, you get a lot of incorrect or partially correct information.

INStoriesMarch 24, 2016
BY: stumbling
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The Gravity of Sara Bareilles

Listening to a Sara Bareilles CD, Malikei thought this is finally the time to figure out what this masturbation thing was. Someone should probably tell Sara Bareilles that her voice has the power to send people into orgasm.

INStoriesMarch 22, 2016
BY: stumbling
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