"Children, there's a BIG difference between gay people and Mr. Garrison. Do you understand that?" - Chef.
I fear, Chef, that many still don't. South Park, as usual, gets it right. It has gay characters who are actually sane, fun, adjusted, grown-up. They're caricatures, but based on an acceptance of the reality of actual gay life: Big Gay Al and Mr Slave, to cite two such. I'm so glad they eventually found each other. One critical thing they have in common: they are out of the closet. Then there's the self-hating, closet-case, Mr Garrison, and Butters's closeted, dysfunctional dad, Mr Stotch. Mark Foley is both Mr Garrison and Mr Stotch - in Congress.