Ask the Aunties: Are you ever too young to realise you’re LGBT?
Can you ever be too young to realise you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender? Is there a right time to come out as LGBT?
In a new episode of PinkNews series Ask the Aunties, our fabulous queer agony aunts answer your LGBT-related dilemmas.
Queer agony aunts Lee Gray and Karnage Kills respond to a dilemma sent in anonymously by a reader worried about whether there is ever a good time to come out as transgender or non-binary. When do most people realise they’re LGBT and is there such a thing as being too young or too old?
Is there a right age to come out as LGBT? How old should you be?
The anonymous dilemma to the Aunties said: “Do you think you can ever be too young to realise you are trans or non-binary?”
Ask the Aunties: Their response
Lee said: “I would probably say no–obviously I’m a cisgender man so I’ve never had that experience but speaking to people who are trans and non-binary and are friends of mine, I would say the answer is no.
“Everybody has their own journey. Some people might identify as trans and non-binary at a very early age and some might identify very late.
“You’re never too young or too old to have a self-realisation moment.”
—Agony aunt and grime rapper Karnage
“But I don’t think you can ever be too young.”
Karnage agreed, adding that parents should allow children to express their gender in whatever ways they feel comfortable.
He said: “I was always thankful of that, my mum never did that to me.
“I don’t think we should suppress anybody. Children should be able to express themselves, I just think it makes for a happier individual.
“You’re never too young or too old to have a self-realisation moment and think: ‘This is who I am.’”
Watch the video above to see all of the Aunties’ stories and advice
The previous episode answered a dilemma from a young person considering coming out.
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