The dense urban progressives may accept homoerotic art and culture, but the more rural the area, the less likely you'll find such open-mindedness. This is definitely true for the parts of America I've seen (five different states, fourteen towns), and I would guess it's true of many other parts of the world.
In San Francisco and New York, someone can kiss someone else of their own gender in public without much notice. In Wyoming, a man was killed for discussing the idea with someone who didn't like it. Some families are very much in denial about their gay relations, as Lynne Cheney showed, and as I've seen first-hand.
Hundreds of channels are available by satellite. Few people in, say, Michigan, stray from a very comforting few channels that affirm and reinforce their narrow views.
The national networks have had to balance this collective schizophrenia for many, many years. Of course they're "behind" the urban avant garde; they're also "ahead" of the average midwesterner.
That's not to say you can't find an open-minded farm kid, but it's the exception, not the rule, and it takes a lot of courage to buck the prevailing local current.
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