I don’t think anyone here believes it as a blanket statement. It will all come down to an individual’s experience in their own social and professional circles. My mother has no problems being openly conservative in her community, but certain members of the family treat her very badly for no reason besides her staunch conservative views. Being on national news twice for her work on the Trump campaign didn’t help, but that says more about the reactions of her daughter-in-law than anything my mother did.
Quite frankly, she could have gone to work campaigning for David Duke or Bernie Sanders and I would have still been just as thrilled. She needed a hobby and needed to get out of the house after taking care of my father when he was dying. It broke her out of a long funk, and it’s a real shame that other members of my family can’t see that aspect of her work and instead see her as a person of bad character.
If she suddenly came out as gay in her late 60’s, well I don’t think anyone would have anything bad to say about it. It would be strange an unexpected, but nobody’s excluding her from family functions. In fact, it might get her invited to more of my sister-in-law’s events.
So it might be a true statement for retirees in my mother’s situation, but who knows?
My city has a very active and vibrant gay community. I know a lot of these people and I’m friends with a couple of the guys I call the head queers. They do a lot of events and meet-ups, some of it political but more just fun stuff for these people to do together. They’d sometimes crash the bar I worked at in a big gay group and generally have a good time making it very obvious to the entire bar that they are gay and in a large gay group, and BY THE WAY GUY LOOKING AT THEM FUNNY, THEY LOVE TO MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE BY TALKING ABOUT COCKS.
Maybe they’ve had lots of struggle to get to this point, but it seems like someone in my town can be as gay as they want and nobody really cares all that much. Businesses love it when a bunch of people show up to spend money, as long as the conduct is appropriate for the venue. Talking about cock is fine where I work, so it’s all good.
This is purely anecdotal, but my town also has a very large Somali population. I imagine some of this population is homosexual, but for some reason I do not think I’ve ever seen a Somalian out being fabulous with the rest of the diverse and colorful gang. I don’t think it is a stretch to imagine that being openly gay might have dire consequences for someone in a Somalian family. You don’t see any MAGA hats in that crowd either, so I really have no idea what would be comparatively more difficult to cope with for a gay Somalian conservative.
He can come to our bar though. If anyone gives him a hard time I’ll bounce their ass.