I suspect you already have gay friends. The Episcopal Church is going through its battles concerning ordination of gay priests and bishops. I do live in a gay stronghold. The Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church has always had tons of gay priests and bishops. So why not admit we have gay clergy. There could be no time when we did not have gay clergy. During the Renaissance, everyone knew gay popes, cardinals, prime ministers, etc. Most RC priests had acknowledged illegitimate children. Historians explain that the average parishoner preferred seeing priests who knew the headaches of long term relationships. This puritanical morality is a relatively recent phenomena. I don't know what triggered it. Now people are willing to be brave and say "I was born whole. God loves me. Your prejudice is unacceptable." There are segments of society where it is harder to come out. Since homosexualiy is part of your being, and not a lifestyle choice, you must know gays already.
My addiction for English history is strong. As I read more and more biographies of famous kings and prime ministers, I discover they were openly gay. Popes were gay. Baptist ministers were gay. It is not a choice. Gays are everywhere. It is easier in certain cities to announce that you are gay. City living does not make you gay. The same rate must happen in more rural and isolated area but because of prejudice and religous beliefs, the gay individuals will try to hide it. So unless there is some statistical fluke, you already know and admire gay people in your life.
The most masculine bishop I ever encountered, who had about ten children and a lovely wife, had an international reputation. Times were different only twenty years ago. He was the least effiminate man I knew. Well, in due time, as society changed, we found out he was bisexual.