Another place we spend time is Key West. It used to be very gay, very laid back. PDAs didn't bother anyone, long before they were acceptable elsewhere in the US.
But that's all been changing, in the other direction. Key West is going corporate. The gay guest houses have mostly been bought up and converted, or the buildings entirely replaced, by straight lodging owned by corporations. Some of them non-US.
The other big change came when docking was creating that could accommodate large cruise ships. Now thousands of tourists from all over the US and the world get disgorged onto the narrow streets for a few hours. And they bring with them their local customs and prejudices.
So you'll see and hear them on the sidewalks and in the stores reacting in disgust to LGBT PDAs. I've never seen any of them become physical, but it makes many feel uncomfortable.
But also so funny, to be walking behind several of them, when they see a PDA in front of them. And they are so shocked, and revolted. And you hear: "Did you SEE that?" "Isn't that AWFUL?" "They let people do anything down here, it's disgusting. That should be stopped."
We'll sit outside our room on the veranda, one floor above Duval Street, the main tourist drag, hearing ourselves being insulted. Most people now recognize what a rainbow flag means, and there are plenty flying from our hotel over the sidewalk. And we'll hear their voices, they not realizing how the sound reflects upwards to us.
Tourists are shocked that we're allowed to have our own hotel, and it shouldn't be allowed. And WE shouldn't be allowed. And to be careful, because WE'RE all around Key West, what a disgrace. Thank God people like this wouldn't be allowed back home. Don't look up, that's where those gay perverts stay, there's a few up there right now." We've heard it all.