According to Mr Vicious—or, as he's known by family, Jonathan Charles—he was a late bloomer. You wouldn't think so, given that he currently stands at an impressive six-foot-two, but according to him, puberty only really hit at
age 15. However, when it did eventually come through, it hit like a truck.
"I realised I was bisexual when I was 16. I hadn't thought about sex or sexuality until then. But when I did, I realised I liked both men and
women," he recalls. "I dated women for the first time when I was around 16 or 17 and after a while, I thought it just wasn't for me. So I went through this whole process of coming out, and falling head over heels for my best
So, what was it like coming out? "I think on a larger scale of things, I grew up pretty blessed in terms of being understood. I never had to fight to be who I was with my friends and family," he begins. "But
of course, outside of those circles, you tend to have to help people better understand who you are. You're always going to get bullies."
He goes on to explain that, really, being queer wasn't what put a target on his
back. "Whenever people ask if I've ever been bullied for being gay, I tell them that I've been bullied since the first day of school for the colour of my skin, instead," he states, matter-of-factly. Unfortunately, this experience
of being singled out and picked on is the norm for Indians in Malaysia, queer or not.