''It's extremely common... The standard narrative that folks are used to hearing -- if you have same-sex attraction, you got it when you were 9 and either acted on it or repressed it -- is an oversimplification... Some women will say, 'I had attractions to friends over the years,' but not necessarily interpret that as homosexuality.... Later-life transitions are often tied to a strong emotional bond.''
Lisa Diamond, a University of Utah professor, using Meredith Baxter's recent coming out process to explain how someone like her -- a famous actress, married three times with five kids -- ends up entering a relationship with another woman. (Washington Post)