Growing up, I performed for my family, made my poor brother learn "It's a Hard Knock Life," and we'd dance around with brooms. It's such an interesting time now, I think, because the gay visibility is so prevalent. Parents of Annie-singing seven-year-olds would be more conscious that maybe their son might grow up to be gay. And I really, legitimately feel my parents never were aware in that way, or nervous of it, or even quite contemplated it. Now, there are so many examples of "gay" that you can't just put the gay in the little gay box anymore.
-- Neil Patrick Harris, The Out List, p. 18-19