When I was in middle school, I got a locker for the first time.
I’d heard that people put pictures of musicians they like in their lockers. I wanted to do this too, because I thought it sounded cool.
What I didn’t realize is that “like” in this context doesn’t mean “like their music”, it means “find them sexually attractive”.
I put up a picture of an artist whose music I admired, who happened to be the same gender as me. I didn’t know this could look like a gay crush, or that there might be consequences to being perceived as having a gay crush.
I just knew that I was literally doing a thing I’d been told was normal in middle school.