FitBlackCuddler saidHe must have been a "Sensitive". https://www.gaia.com/video/sensitive-untold-story.
I had my childhood during the 60's to early 70's in a New England town small enough that people could know your business. I KNEW I was into dudes but in those times, you kept your mouth shut--and waited. Less than a week after graduating high school, I had left home. Was 17 too.
He must have been a "Sensitive" to not be able to cope.
I too grew up in the 70's, in rural Australia the was much like America in the 50's, in mind set.
Guys got beaten up for wearing white socks., as only a poof would do that, and I picked this time before my teens, to declare I was going to grow up and marry a man. Hell was to break loose, and I refused to step down, no mater what was done to me. Of course this was also a time. Many men still hid and went to parties at Dorothy's..