Bio, I hate to be the guy who says this, but saying "I can't be homophobic because I have gay friends" is awfully like saying "Oh, I'm not a racist, I have black friends." It just ain't a good defense. And for the record, what you said DID sound homophobic, regardless of what you may or may not have MEANT to say.
Oh, and I'm not saying that you're racist, I was just using that as an example.
Yeah, I am well aware it sounds really, really bad, but trust me, honest to god in the name of Clementine I am not homophobic, neither is my mother or my father.
Oh, one more thing, your parents' alignment means nothing. My parents hate fags so long as me and my brother aren't gay. Doesn't make me a homo-hater.