I think in retrospect I knew it before I was 12, but it didn't become part of my active consciousness until I was 12...the realization..."I think I'm gay" and what to do with that. It had no name until then. It did not become a problem to be solved until then.<quoted text>
I understand. I've been saying for ages now that people are born gay just as many other genetically predisposed situations and functions. It's quite obvious in many. Age 12 is rather old to have discovered that. I've seen it in some before they even went to kindergarten. I already had crushes on guys in preschool, so I was quite aware that I was born with that desire.
None of us know the mind of God and why He does what He does with life in this world. We do know that the wages of sin is death, and we are all sinners.
And yes I was a late bloomer.