Actress Jane Lynch says she knew she was gay at 12 but waited 19 years before coming out to her family.

Lynch, who is best know for playing coach Sue Sylvester on the Fox musical-comedy Glee, made her remarks in an interview with Marlo Thomas.

“I was about 12,” Lynch said on Thomas' web show. “And someone was talking about boys walking down the beach together in Florida holding hands, in some part of Florida.”

“And, 'They're gay,'” she said in a whisper with a hand cupped to the side of her mouth.

Lynch said that she remembers thinking, “I'm the girl version of that.”

“So that's when I put a name to it. But I knew that I was attracted to like the cute moms in the neighborhood early on,” she said with a laugh. “I always had a crush on somebody from first grade on.”

Lynch described coming out as "hard."

“I didn't come out to my family until I was 31. If I had come out when I was 18, I think it would have been a different story. I think my parents would have had a really hard time.”

She added that her father voted for President Bill Clinton because he's “for the gays.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)