Not MHD but definitely denial: When I was 13 I had a subscription to Girls Life Magazine. There was a question in there, "am I gay for wanting to kiss my girl friends?" And the magazine said, "no! This is a normal straight thing! You're straight don't worry!" And I did not find out until I was 17 that it is NOT a straight thing to do! Who could have known?
i’ve talked about this before and i wish i remembered how to find those posts, because this is! such! a big! thing! in girls’ magazines!
as a kid, i basically got the gist of sex ed and Love Advice from girl magazines, because they were a Big Thing at the time. and there were! so many! instances of when a girl would ask whether it was normal to want to be with other girls, whether it made her not straight, whether other girls also fantasized about being with other girls
and the answer was always, “Yes, that’s normal, you’re just curious/confused/great friends! You’re 100% straight!” and it just goes to further show that any interest a girl shows in other girls will always be devalued and chalked up to Gals Being Pals
if you’d rather “reassure” kids that it’s Totally Straight to be into other girls than say “hey, sounds like you’re not straight and that’s okay!”, then you have no business giving advice to struggling kids