I've always wondered at what age other people realized that they aren't heterosexual, as well as the journey that got them to that point. I know of people who were "obviously gay all their life" as well as people who battled with confusion and or denial till much later.
What made me think of bringing it up now is because of an incidence that I heard of recently. For privacy's sake I cannot repeat it, but it troubled me enough to think about a couple of concepts. What it broke down to is that young people with alternative sexual orientations are sometimes treated immorally because of covert homophobia that exists within parents, schools and other higher authorities in a young person's life.
So I have a couple of points and questions I would love feedback on if anyone is willing to give it. Many of them relate to the incidence I mentioned earlier.
1.) At what age did you know that you are not heterosexual?
2.) What do you think of the statement "They are too young to decide" being applied to teenagers?
3.) Did you experiment with having sexual interactions (e.g. kissing) with other genders before you were sure of your sexual orientation? If so, at what age? If your parents, school, or other authority figures found out, how did they react?
4.) When you were young, did anyone try convince you that your sexual preferences were "just experimentation", or that you needed counselling about it?
5.) What do you think of schools, religious leaders or extended family trying to intervene when a young person exhibits "other than heterosexual" behaviour?
6.) Did you experience any kind of "permissible discrimination" (prejudice that society seems to think is okay because of the circumstances) as a young person with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual?
Thinking about it, the same questions would be just as interesting if you adapted them to "other than cisgendered". Feel free to answer them that way too if you'd like.