My theology/religious studies teacher is my hero, and I would have never thought I'd be saying that.
Today in class we talked about almost nothing but being gay.
He told us about how a kid in his 2nd period class said he saw two guys making out and thought it was disgusting. And my teacher told the kid,
"Well, believe it or not, there are gay people here. Some of them might even be in this room."
My teacher goes on to explain about how everyone deserves respect, and to imagine how a gay kid feels, being bullied and such. And he told us about how he's had to explain to former students who were gay that they aren't sinful and they're normal.
I wanted to thank him after class, but he left, and later I almost had another chance, but I was going to be late for my next class. So I think once I see him tomorrow, I'll thank him...especially for saying this, it made me feel better:
"Everyone deserves to be treated with love and respect."
Now that right there... I think, regardless of your ethics, should be the greatest concept to live by.