People forget this aspect of homophobia. They forget that kids who likely think or know they’re gay at a very young age have to listen to an avalanche of bigotry and absorb that into their view of the world. Often this stuff comes from their own family and friends. Not many types of people have to experience what can feel like growing up behind enemy lines. Some gay people do.
The world moves on of course, people move on, but those in that situation still have to live with those experiences and the feelings of fear, isolation and loneliness that it brought about.