Cutlass saidI'm not sure if having a relative or close friend as being gay makes people more tolerant. Some are, I know, but I was thinking of Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative Republican activist who has a son who is gay, and I don't think she even mentions it, although it was pointed out to her.
Phyllis Schlafly's very identity and career are so closely tied to being anti-gay that she is unable to change. She made that commitment way before she knew that her son was gay. Less rigid people who have not publicly established an anti-gay identity and career can more easily reverse their positions.
That is so very sad. I feel sorry for her son. He deserves better!
"Schlafly and her husband moved to Alton, Illinois, and had six children: John, Bruce, Roger, Liza, Andrew and Anne. In 1992, their eldest son, John, was outed as gay by Queer Week magazine. Schlafly acknowledged that John is gay, but stated that he embraces his mother's views. Their son Andrew founded Conservapedia, a conservative open-source encyclopedia, after voicing concerns that Wikipedia had a liberal bias." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllis_Schlafly