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6th grade intuition?

Back in 6th grade there was a teacher in my middle school that everyone said was gay. Of course, kids at that age used the term disparagingly for anyone they might not like. Did we even really have an genuine understanding of what the term meant? While the man was a decent teacher, he had a somewhat snarky and intimidating personality. Yesterday I learned that he died in 2008 at the age of 75, and in his obituary was a reference to his "lifelong friend and partner, [male name]."

Had we, as children, picked up on something? Today, with 20+ additional years of life experience I can look back and see that there were probably some indicators, but is there even such thing as "gaydar" among 11-year-olds? In 1986? Or did someone have some inside information and the rumor simply spread? We'll never know, but I found this really interesting.

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