Glad your friends handled it with such aplomb. Good luck with the others and your parents.
I've always been a "this is me" person with no big issue concerning myself about what people will think. But my husband is very conservative in that way and it was hard for him to tell people. His co-workers still don't know.
But the people he has told have all reacted very well and to his suprise it was really just no big deal.
"Love As Thou Wilt"