I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 11. I find it odd that people 'come out' as a diabetic. The day I was diagnosed was the day it spread like wildfire (I was surprised to receive calls and 'get better' gifts within the first 24 hours of the diagnostic!) I never heard of diabetes before being diagnosed, but I knew it was important that my peers and teachers knew that I had it for my own personal benefit and safety. My beloved granny who recently passed away on Christmas had type 2 diabetes. I don't remember this, but apparently the day I was diagnosed, I had called her to let her know I was just like her!
Now as a queer. I never thought anything of my sexuality because it wasn't something that mattered to me. I was an obvious tom boy growing up and developed crushes on both sexes. When I was around the same age I was first diagnosed, women intrigued me! I had snooped into my sisters room to find her 'puberty' book I had so immaturely pretended I didn't care about or want to read (I wish I knew the name of it) but it had said just because you develop crushes on girls doesn't mean you are gay. So I figured it was normal. But it wasn't until I reached high school where kids use to torment my gay friend where all of a sudden I became a slight phobe! I did not know I liked girls and I feared rejection so I stayed away from all that gay talk. But when I was 16 and a girl admitted to liking me, and I knew I liked her. However, as a 16 year old, I was not thinking about sex so I had no idea if I was, you know, sexually into girls or guys or both. However, I went along and dated her. She was obviously PDA and it was something I DESPISED so that's how my peers found out (she couldn't respect me enough and stop being so touchy feely and it made me so extremely uncomfortable, we were in public for heavens sake).
There really rarely is a time where someone asks me if I am gay, but I don't feel like it's a necessary thing to announce. Who goes around saying 'I'm straight?'. I never felt it was something to broadcast. My dad ended up asking me after my moms persistent pleas for him to because she 'had to know for sure'. She was upset for 'lying to me' which I never felt I was, I knew she knew. Nonetheless, my parents are cool about it and support me and my current girlfriend. My cousins are cool with it and both my grandmothers are cool about it. I must say I am a lucky one.
I've had some selfish 'friends' get mad at me for not telling them I am lesbian (but I never got mad at them for not telling me they were straight? Let's get real here). The coming out process is actually difficult for me. I don't care that people know, but if people start asking about boyfriends, I get uncomfortable when I have to mention I date girls...haha! But to this day I get crushes on men; So the process in determining my sexuality is taking some time (and to this day, it remains unknown whether or not I like boys in such a manner!).