I considered putting this in research, but I'll stick it here for now at least. In my urban fantasy WIP, one of the leading characters- Jade- is a lesbian. In relation to that, I have the idea of the character having some struggles fully coming to terms with her sexuality. I don't want this to be a big thing relatively for the character or the story, because I have other issues I'm more interested in focusing on, because other things make more sense in the plot, and because honestly this isn't something I feel very prepared to dive into. But it is an issue I like the idea of touching upon and fits nicely with the bigger picture of the character and story. This should be a familiar story to those who've been following my WIP, but, what I have in mind is that Jade has essentially spent most of her life being sort of cooped up in her comfort zone, not being entirely certain about what she wants to do. She figures out early enough that she isn't really straight, but spends some time not being sure exactly where she fits (as while she is ultimately gay, she is somewhat bi-curious in nature), up until the age of 24. Then shit goes sideways. Jade is selected for recruitment by a group of vampires (I know, I know, I promise it won't be a trashy teen thing or anything). Properly turning people is considered a sensitive and complex affair, not to be done by novices, so is entrusted to the upper echelon of vampires- the 'nobles'- in each group- or 'house'. One of these nobles follows and carefully enthralls Jade, before finally turning her. She dies, and is buried, before the house comes to retrieve her. Jade remains under their thrall after being turned, subliminally pushing her to be more inhuman and listen to her sire. She goes along with them and becomes a member of the house. She soon takes to her new position, and does a variety of morally questionable things for the house, and also herself. The noble who sired her remains around to train and command her, but he isn't just interested in her as a recruit. The man, Vitaly. has been searching for some time for a potential partner, and he believes Jade is a suitable match. He is never forceful or aggressive with his advances- actually rather restrained- but under his passive influence, Jade is drawn into a relationship. However, Vitaly's influence eventually wanes, and Jade realizes just what has happened to her. She is thrown into an identity crisis, unsure of the extent of her own free will in what she has done and what this says about her as a person. Vitaly notices too late, and Jade flees the house. Among various consequences, Jade is left further confused about her sexuality and goes into a state of sexual repression. She knows her relationship with Vitaly was at least partly based on his power over her, but she can't shake the sense that they did seem to have a genuine connection of some kind. She tries repeatedly to move on, but things prove difficult for her. As of the start of the story, Jade is still unsure of her sexuality, but defaults to bisexual when pressed. She is stuck in a rut of depression, isolation and repression, and looking for a more meaningful life. She finds it in helping one of her friends, the head MC of the story- Sarah, adapt to her own 'change in circumstance' and the work they begin together. Along the way, Jade starts to realize the extent of her growing affection for Sarah, and this gives her the confidence to finally settle on being gay. So, my question is how does this seem an appropriate, believable way of handling the issue of coming out and self discovery? Like, is it weird for Jade to be unsure like this up to the age of 24 without many complications? Does it make sense for Jade to sexually repress like this? How should I handle her coming out to people along the way? Things to avoid? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks for reading.