Yes, a long journey, and one faced by many LGBTQ people suffering from internalized shame.
In some ways, Caleb may be fortunate, because he knows what his demons are. There’s no mystery for him.
What about Travis?
We know his parents are accepting and affirming. He seems to take his sexual orientation for granted.
But will he be touched by societal homophobia as well? More subtly?
I’m not trying to make this a novel, but if I were, I’d explore that question.