There have been studies that show that the most influential criterion in whether someone is tolerant or phobic of homosexuality is whether that person has any gay friends or family whom they know well.
I thought the story was interesting - reminded me of the politically liberal guy who enrolled in the conservative evangelical college.
"Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs some day. You canít be what you canít see." --- Astronaut Sally Ride