He's undoubtedly not gay, you don't figure this shit out prior to puberty, and even then most people don't figure it out until their later teens. I doubt he even understands sexuality in general, which emphasizes how fucked up this shit is. By the time this kid hits 18 (assuming he doesn't starve to death, like jesus, he looks like a child Sonderkommando) he's gonna have developed several mental illnesses which will fuck him up for the rest of his life. Adding on, things will not look pretty at all once he starts hitting the years where sexuality does finally manifest fully, along with it the complete fucked up picture of a closeted straight boy.I highly question that he is actually gay. It seems like he's been indoctrinated from a very young age to like drag culture and since drag culture is primarily a gay thing -- it would be very un-PC for Wendylou to try to force a straight son into that scene because that would be appropriation of gay culture by straight white people. But, Desmond's "gay" -- so that makes it okay. That might be a good motivation right there for them to suppress puberty. When the hormones kick in, he might discover that he really isn't attracted to other boys at all. Since he's the only breadwinner -- that would be devastating to the family finances.