No one has ever cared about it where I live, so I forget how narrow minded some places can be. I see same sex couples walking down the street holding hands every day, and have for as long as I can remember.
About ten years ago, a family came to see me at my business. We discussed their professional needs and at one point in the conversation they mentioned they home-schooled their kids. Of course I automatically assumed they were very conservative. After talking business, a lot of people will ask the usual questions, like where is a good place to eat and such. But once I was finished discussing business with this family, one of their children (about 7 years old) whispered something to his mom. His mom said, "I don't know, ask him." The little boy said "can you tell us where the gay bars are located?" I was really taken back. His mom explained that they were currently learning about LBGT people and in the small town they live in, there aren't any openly gay people for their kids to meet. So New Orleans was basically a field trip for their kids. I told the little boy I was gay. He asked me about 5 very sensible questions which I answered as honestly as I could. Satisfied he had seen a live gay man, he then asked me if I could direct them to a place where they could visit with a transgender person. I was about to leave work anyway, so I walked them down to that part of town just a few blocks away and the kids got to meet 2 transgender people in the flesh. They had a lot more questions for them. I then gave them a ride back to their RV which was not in the best section of town. I'll never forget that family because they really were the nicest and most empathetic people I've ever met.