I say that with humour, but it really does teach you empathy in that regard. Till I saw that show I didn't realise how different it must be for a gay person, and it's no wonder gay people have felt so excluded and marginalised for so long.
As a side note, as defense mechanism, the older of my people developed a habit of looking for the smallest clue to find gay people in the stories, to find people to identify with.
This explains why so many gay Legion fans extrapolated out that Element Lad was gay, because he had pink elements to his costume and was shy with girls. Yup, that's all it took. Or in Miracle Man, the story where the young man was telling the person he was in bed with, about meeting Miracle man as a boy. Because you never quite saw the other person's face, a horde of us assumed he was gay.
It's so much better now with actual out characters. We can stop trying to look so hard for a hint of gayness in a gesture or a nuance.
And what I learned from Queer as Folk on Showtime, is don't bother going to Los Angeles, the working class guys in the clubs in Pittsburgh are much hotter. ( grin )