This is a spin-off, I thought it'd be best to start a new thread rather than derail the existing one.
As a child, I was raised with the expectation that I'd be heterosexual. My family were not really homophobic, but the assumption was that we would all be heterosexual, so homosexuality was still "othered" and perceived as not the norm, deviant etc.
I think if I had have been raised differently, without the assumption that I would grow up to be heterosexual, things would have been different. I am heterosexual currently, as I am in a monogamous, committed relationship with a person of the opposite sex. But I'm not sure that I would have defined myself as rigidly heterosexual had I been allowed the opportunity, knowledge and space to define for myself my own preferences.
How do others feel? Were you raised with assumed heterosexuality? Do you think this impacted/currently impacts on your relationship choices? Do you think you would have made different choices if you were given more space to define your own sexuality?