When I came out at my first job (a librarian in a small, conservative town), some co-workers stopped talking to me; afraid to "touch me" as you mentioned; and some mothers wouldn't let their children come near me.
Hence, why I am much more careful now. Unfortunantly, fundamentalists associate homosexuality with pedophilia, which are not related to one another.
Fortunantly, being a teacher now, it is nice to be able to prove my co-workers wrong. One co-worker later apologized whereas the other dislikes me just bec. of my orientation. Its sad & ignorance is such a enemy that has to be fought with education and accepting minorities.
Anyway, keep up the good work & be well.