The problem here is that the narrative has really changed.
For most of us living the metro areas in Europe, the Americas, in Australia/NZ, and South Africa being gay has ceased to be a matter which carries an element of exceptionalism. Gay, or even m2m sex have become part of the mainstay.
The need for secrecy has disappeared. The fear that someone will out you is largely gone, too. The news that Peter is gay is really no more than a gossip just like any other gossip. Something that people talk about until the next gossip hits them 15 minutes later.