My dad knew what a furry was before I did. He was the one who kinda pointed the fandom out to me because I've always had an interest in animal cartoons, animal movies, and anthro characters. I think I was about 14 then.
No one else in the family know what a furry is because they dont care about that kinda stuff. My friends are the same, they just dont care. There are a handful of people at work who know what a furry is but they're apathetic about it.
I am very open about my interest in anthros though, and I buy furry related clothing and accessories from artists. The only way it's affected me was influencing gifts people give me. I get a lot of neat animal related stuff from family and friends.
Just depends on how cool with the idea you are. I really do find it true that hate and ignorance are fairly common, but knowledge and guts can get you through it. I am constantly challenging my kids on what they do and don't understand and like. My parents didn't like gay people, until I asked them and then brought home my first girlfriend. But we approached the subject, I told them, gave them time to accept and now everything is working fine. Being a furry is the same, just give it time and understand the initial response and feelings are ok to experience and can lead to positive outcomes.So with you being a gay furry that would make you more understanding of it thus, you are biased! my parents want absolutely nothing to do with furry stuff, which is what maakes this a problem. if my parents were like you, there would be no problem!