I completely agree that your middle school and high school years can be some of the hardest years of your life, so adding the stress of being ridiculed for being gay can definitely feel like too much to bear. For one, I really do not think that starting teaching children about these issues as early as elementary school is a good idea. The way that the show called Postcards from Buster that Vaccaro, August, and Kennedy actually seemed like a good thing to show kids as a way to show them that there are families out there with two mom or two dads and they are just as happy and normal like any other family. I could not believe that people actually went out of their way to get that episode, which was called "Sugartime!", cancelled off of the show saying that children should not be shown these kinds of lifestyles. That is why I looked it up on Youtube and was glad to see most of it was leaked so that we could see it.
My talking point for class would be to discuss why any teacher would compare homosexuality to bestiality and why a teacher's student being transgendered has to be a big deal.