The following is from a site called WWDD (What Would Dumbledore Do) it pretty much explains how I feel how Dumbledore has effected my life.
No One Need Live In The Closet
Lupin had to hide in the closet for being a werewolf. Hagrid had to hide in the closet for being a Half-Giant. Harry Potter grew up, literally forced to live inside a closet for being a Wizard.
Dumbledore did his best to help Lupin, Hagrid, and Harry learn to celebrate themselves for being exactly as they are and for the potential of what they could be.
Our world is full of people who are living inside closets, scared to admit that they are sexually attracted to those other than members of the opposite gender. It is time to create environments where it is safe for people to come out of the closet and feel comfortable for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered.
What has Dumbledore done for you on today of all days?