LGBT high school planned for Chicago

Filed under: Teens, Gay Parenting, Day Care & Education

A rainbow flag flying proudlyIn order to provide a safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning high school students, the Chicago public school system is considering opening a high school specifically for LQBTQ students. Attendance at the new school would be voluntary and open to everyone, not just LGBTQ students.

More than a third of Illinois students surveyed in 2006 said that sexual orientation is the most common reason for bullying and harassment in schools; the same number listed gender identity. Three out of four students said they had heard anti-gay remarks from other students and more than four out of five heard students say things like "that's so gay" or "you're gay."

It seems like there is a definite need for change here, but I have to say that this school sounds an awful lot like "separate but equal" to me. I'm not saying they don't need the school or shouldn't move ahead with the plan; it just saddens me to no end that it is needed.

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