I do have to agree with bandanajack. The homophobia was not exaggerated at all.
I'm a little confused when you say "Although I have a profound respect for this film, and would not dare to change a single scene or word in it, my favorite line is actually from the story. It reads: "If you can't fix it, you've got to stand it,""
Did you miss that line in the film? It's one of the most important scenes in the movie.”