I took a class in human sexuality back in undergrad and I recall learning about the early plight of the gay community. Beatings, arrests, public shaming, etc. we're the norm throughout the 20th century. Even more contemporarily there was still a lot of repression towards their lifestyle. Think as recently as the late 90s and early 2000s, the slander was still there and the public sentiment seemed relatively passive. Think of pop culture icons like Eminem who used the f word (the one that rhymes with maggot rather than duck) and caught a fair share of flack, but not enough to where you got the feeling that there was huge public outcry. In 2015, you'd absolutely never hear that word being used. Hell, I just referred to it as "the f word".
I was talking to my girl the other day and she jokingly said "modern family is the reason for it all. Can and Mitch showed us that homosexuals are regular people also." Again, she said that in jest. Don't take that seriously.
But that idea cause the thought to cross my mind and I realize that I can't pinpoint any particular instance that caused the pendulum to swing. So what do you guys think? NT is my go to place when I want various degrees of perspective. Hopefully this topic can go off without a hitch.