Don’t make my mistake and crush the girl inside until they couldn’t hurt me any more. I am 68, retired, safe, but really wish I had courage years ago.
On the other hand don’t go the other way unless you’re sure it’s safe. I left a conservative country town as I knew that I’d get into trouble at some stage. A few years later a suspected gay guy (he wasn’t) turned up dead and nobody knew anything about it. There was a similar incident just before Covid.
I knew at age 6 that something wasn’t ‘normal’ but when we moved out to the 17th century shit-hole Natasha had to go in a deep dark place until I could get out. Now she is me and it gets a little better every day.