My first brush with homosexuality happened in boy scouts in about 7th grade. A group of about four scouts who were older or my age would put blankets up in bunk beds and after the adult leaders left they would all get in the same upper bunk. The older scout was definitely attracted to males and the younger scouts were in later years married and hetrosexual would have him masturbate them which was common knowledge among the other scouts and folks just kind of ignored that behavior.
One of those scouts was a pretty good sized individual who was a felix and hetro, but one day on the school bus he got on my case about my shirt not being ironed and was wrinkled. My mom was a widow who three years earlier suddenly was working to support the family, and I had to wash and iron my clothes......I was not very good. So I simply told him when the bus stopped at his stop, I was going to get off and kick his asz. I did. About an hour later I get a call from his father, I figure I am in big trouble, but father asks me if I want to go to the movie Flipper that night. I said sure, I never held grudges, but never took Chit. Well, it ended up we became pretty good friends, and I observed from 7th grade through senior year in high school he always had a very physical relationship with girlfriends, and ended up marrying early and went through about three wives and is now a big wheel in the Az mental health field.
My long point is that same sex attraction has been around forever, and that this idea of mass rejection of those who participated was much more subtle, and I think people were afraid of the stigma, but much more accepting of the individual. I also think that from my experience that an aggressive adolescent with strong same sex sexual attraction seem to have had contact with hetrosexuals and that in the junior high range this behavior seemed to get a pass despite the large societal taboos against the same.