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LGBTQ People Shared Their Favorite "Mom, How Did You Not Know?!" Pictures, And They're Equal Parts Hilarious And Heartwarming

But really, the signs were everywhere.

Every Pride we ask LGBTQ members of the BuzzFeed Community to send us pictures of their younger not-so-straight selves. Because *most people* love these posts, I asked again and you delivered with more great pics. Enjoy and happy Pride!

1. "Supporting my first pop diva with a fresh coat of lip balm💋" —javieravila

small kid in a selena T-shirt and lip gloss

2. "Gays can never pose normal, it’s not in our DNA." —gabriellastra

small kid posing with attitude in front of a grave

3. "Dancing > football." —eds22

small kid posing with his arms around his head next to a football player

4. "So excited for my rainbow suspenders! Rainbow. Suspenders." —jbuffett76

5. "My sister holding a Barbie, my brother holding a G.I. Joe, and me holding...a remote-control rat." — cactipoke

6. "Serving face, stunting pretty. I'm the bitch from the 'happiest place in the world.'" —cagedbird

a small boy posing dramatically with his head tilted and arms folded over his body

7. "It is truly a mystery that my mother was surprised when I came out… I had those cargo pants in three different colors and LOVED them. —jmjustrun

young girl in baggy pants and long shirt

8. "Doing the most always 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈" —emmaroseharrell

9. "A very on-brand picture of me when I was 7." —timothygonzales

kid walking up the stairs and looking down in judgement at another kid eating pizza

10. "So many contrasting energies... dino pjs + bridal Barbie." —cgpappas12

11. "My mini lezzie self was all business in the front and party in the back! And no butch would be complete without a workout panda shirt!" —amandab225

12. "There was never a question." —rickyw4779a636b

a kid in a suit posing with both hands on hips

13. "If that’s not a tiny lesbian then I don’t know what is!" —aleamato111

14. "I've got mother's purse, heels, and keys — ready to hit the grocery store." —okn0tok

small boy in a onesie and heels

15. "'90s baby bi wearing a flipped up purple bucket hat, a white T-shirt under a striped mock turtleneck, and all of that under Winnie the Pooh overall shorts." —shaylariday74

16. "I’ll just leave this here." —jeremyb17

a young boy posing with attitude while wearing matching sweats and a top hot

17. "The hand says it all lol." —gabriellastra

a young boy with his wrist midday in the air

18. "Catch a big fish ✅ Bevel like Rockette ✅" —rjp1981

kid posing with a fish with one leg bended in front of the other

19. "I was a pre-teen person in Texas the 1970s, this is how we actually dressed. But that sassy hip sling says it all." —wonkobox

20. "Not pictured: Navy blue camo cargo shorts." —acmielke

young girl in a tank top with a fake tattoo on her arm

21. "My mom loves to send me this one at least once a year lol." —brantleyw

22. "What can I say? I always loved an open toe." —rdsalt

23. "Ken might have brought me out of the closet, but Barbie taught me how to slay!" —mikemontiel

young boy holding barbies

24. "Absolute gay main character lmao." —stellarstella64

young girl singing into a mic with friends dancing behind

25. "I clearly knew from a young age I wanted my milkshake to bring everyone to the yard. Not just boys 😂" —phoenixrose12

young girl posing with a winnie the pooh swim suit

26. "The leather. The look. The lean. Clearly a budding bisexual in the making 👏" —jordanb4ca1e7ae3

27. “I’m just a Tomboy, I don’t like girls!” —amart91

28. "The pose, the pink rope, and the Guess overalls. I don’t know how my family didn’t expect a gay boy." —nickanick88

29. "This was in fifth grade when I forgot it was picture day. This is the gayest photo I have of myself to date and I’m 36 now lol."—maryzaroura

30. "A young queer can always recognize the gay icon greatness of queen Tina Turner 🌈" —briannamyoung01

a young kid posing with the wax figure of tina

31. "The coordinated outfit, the pose, the cat, I was a fabulous child." —samuelgrillo

32. "I mean, is an explanation really necessary? I feel like this picture pretty much speaks for itself (and dates itself)." —padawanryan

33. "The fact that my parents didn’t see my escape from the closet coming blows my mind." —glitterybubble50

34. "I was very excited to sit on Smurfette’s lap..." —jamiev424c94b8b

35. "Featuring me AND my little brother, who is also gay!" —alexg69

36. "10 months old and I already knew that a lace front was the way to go." —andyd

37. "Strike a pose, there's nothing to it." —Andres Zapata, Facebook

38. "I had a Spice Girls picture book and copied Baby Spice’s poses in every photo I took in the '90s. ✌"—jonob93

39. "Just your average cowboy." —jarrettsavant

40. "My four older brothers and I all picked out our own Easter outfits that year. I call this picture, 'Blue, Blue, Brown, Brown, Gay.'" —seejordan

41. "Look at that smile and the head tilt. How was my mom shocked when I came out at 29?" —ikbalsutannasution

42. "Oh, this? Just a sign I made, printed out, colored IN A RAINBOW and demanded my dad take a picture of me for absolutely no reason other than to proclaim my love for all things Les Mis." —travisgrossi

43. "Here's me at age nine as the only girl in football camp with 30 boys 😅 And people were surprised when I turned out to be a lesbian 😅😅" —s46b39a4b5

44. "20 years ago and I already was doing the universal bi (peace) sign." —nadine5678

45. "1-year-old. #BabyButch #Forever." —kiaraj92

46. "The flannel, the sunglasses, my brother’s shoes, and my dad’s hat." —valb4d3667845

47. "Future lesbian reporting with my best ‘on my way to steal ya girl’ face.'" —taylorbrookecyr

48. "Even at age 3 I couldn’t sit in a chair like a normal person." — Alice

49. "As a young girl, I got cast in my school's Christmas play...as one of the Wise Men. Mum unknowingly helped me get into my first drag — even drawing a beard on me.” —lildragjesus

50. "The suspenders over the checkered sweatshirt, over the turtleneck, and the teal chunky pants they’re holding up. Plus the side eye practicing my “hey” look. Clearly trans non-binary from birth." —kendallmaye

51. "I can literally hear myself in this picture." —raymondcantu1

52. "I didn't know I was gay yet, but my mom's shirt sure did." —Jay Jay

53. "Striking a pose even when I was supposed to be fishing." —codystretchb

54. "I couldn’t quite grasp the whole ‘sitting in chairs correctly’ concept." —lizmenendez

55. "More interested in posing with the fish than actually catching them." —jkcy87

56. "How did my parents not figure it out for 21 years?" —trashhuman

57. "My parents had to know, right?" —mmartinh13

58. "As a non-binary person who uses they/them pronouns, this makes perfect sense to me. My bowl cut, rainbow heart shirt, and the pose. Iconic awkward androgyny." —mgtuff99

59. "Howdy ladies." —nicolew4fa00946c

60. "I'm a gay trans man who loves dresses. I made outfits like this all the time as a kid, which caused my parents not to believe me when I came out six years ago. But now that it's a little more acceptable for people to wear what they like regardless of gender, I can confidently wear what I want and not worry about what others think again :)" —maxymurder

61. "If this cross-legged picture with Ball Gown Minnie didn't do it for 'em, I'm not sure what else they were waiting for. This was a complete serve for 4-year-old me." —ColieOlieOleman

62. "The Hawaiian shirt and King Princess haircut should have been indicators of my lesbianism early in life!" —izzyrusso

63. "Hand on hip, holding up a VHS of the Swan Princess. I loved that film, and was damned proud to have it!" —tellerink

64. "I'm FTM. This is me around age 3, dressed as my favorite fictional character at the time: Max, King of the Wild Things." —pariss4ba788046

65. "Kindergarten was my first day in drag!" —johncampa

66. "Mom wanted pretty dress, I wanted mud puddles." —humanrhapsody

67. "A baby gay with legs for days." —lummis7

68. "Have you ever seen a more fabulous Batman?! I basically came out with the strength of the bat signal." —jmehock

69. "The sass alone should’ve been a giveaway, but I went to Catholic school, thankfully I had two amazing parents who recognized it before I did and were very supportive when I figured it out." —rickyw

70. "Here I am on Christmas morning with Cool Shavin' Ken. It should come as no surprise that my Barbies all ended up with shaved heads." —katiem124

71. "Let's just say it didn't really come as a shock to anybody when I turned out to be a gay trans man." —19gbiggs99

72. "Short spikey hair (modeled after my favorite wrestler back in the day) and I compromised with the pink sweatshirt to make my mother happy, but come on, I’m not fooling anyone here: GAYYYY!!" —sydneyp123

73. "I meeeean…" —caseymaine

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