The walls I started to build as an eleven year old came about as an effort to hide my gay self from my parents. They so obviously thought and vocally stated that all homosexuals were evil, diseased sinful people. I realised quite quickly that I had to hide from many other people too.
Unfortunately it was the building of these walls at such an early age that would make me far more vulnerable to what happened later in my teens. I learnt to Dissociate. To leave my body in the room where my parents were and let my mind drift away to somewhere else.