It really is a hall of mirrors with so many second and third order reflections that out not just someone's possibly gay self but the institutionalized violence of law enforecement, the totally parochial image mill of politicians (the Romney two-cents worth is particularly revealing about self-fear and totaly mercenary ambitions)and what Bobby elaborated on -the sick nature of the overall social order past and present. The result, this burst of outright hysteria.
The scapegoat was taught not to be truthful and honest by the society that isn't truthful and honest.
Idaho has an openly lesbian publicly elected representative who of course has never had public identity conflicts. She would seem to be an example of how much more healthy it is not to weave a life trap for one's self.