On a slight tangent, I have always been among those who didn't think they knew anybody "like that" (personally)...not because of any sort of fear, prejudice or delusion, but mostly as a result of being fairly reclusive, and not making a lot of long-term friendships due to moving around frequently. Also, with a husband in the Navy, most of the people we knew were military anyway, and as far as I know, none of our acquaintances has come out since "don't ask, don't tell" went by the wayside.
But, anyway, a couple of weeks ago my husband's youngest brother let us know that he was gay. He's been coming out in stages after coming to the conclusion, at the age of 45, that he no longer wanted to live a lie. I think we always just assumed that between his strong religious beliefs (he's a minister), and physical challenges due to osteogenesis imperfecta, a romantic relationship had simply never happened for him.
Happily, the family has accepted it as a complete non-issue, and gives him nothing but credit for finally coming out. He thinks he may need to find a new church, though, as the one he is with is pretty intolerant, and he suspects they may not take kindly to the news when he breaks it to them.
Anyway, I know this has nothing to do with the subject at hand, but Quesi's post just made me think of it.