I have been attending Richard's employee parties for the past 3 years. I like his coworkers, and on their invitations, it always says to bring "Chuck" instead of just a "guest". They treat me very well, and actually ask where I am if I wasn't able to be there with Richard for some reason. It's a relief for Richard knowing that he doesn't have to keep secrets at work, and he relates better to everyone because he can actually talk about what he does afterhours and on the weekends without homogenizing his conversations. Some of the girls at his office have asked if they could come with Richard and I to the gay clubs. They say they like the music better and feel safer for some reason.
I myself haven't been bashed even once (I don't count high school experiences), or did I witness extreme verbal bashing personally, and I never have witnessed any physical bashing.
And believe me, I know how lucky I am not to have witnessed any.
So far, the only real "bashing" I have had to contend with is from my ex-wife, who didn't bash gays until after I came out.
But I'll give her a pass because I know this whole thing was traumatic... for now (there's a whole story there too for some later time).
Smarties, the entertainment world is literally a bumper-crop of gay people.
And here in Los Angeles, there was a very good radio talk show host I used to listen to.
He became very ill (not from AIDS) and had to give up his show.
Like your guy in the UK, you didn't know he was gay until after listening to him for weeks.
And I'll be listening to the link you sent. Maybe today while I'm supposed to be "working".
I do appreciate it very much.