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School Pride: Chicago Considers Gay High School

Questioning the notion that segregation is bad for students, Chicago's school district is considering opening a high school for gay, lesbian, and transgender students. The school is among a group of recommended specialized schools, another example being a technology-focused campus.

Schools targeting gay students — a group more likely to drop out, abusing drugs, and committing suicide — exist in other cities.

Learning in an environment where they're not automatically "different" may help youth flourish. Even so, some gay students may feel that attending a gay-focused school would limit their identity to their sexual orientation. Perhaps it wouldn't hurt to give students a chance to choose a targeted environment, while working to make mainstream schools more accepting, too.

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muhtazbey muhtazbey 5 years
I'm not sure how much good this is going to do. They might be safe in school, but how about on the way home? Doesn't this grouping pretty much scream "Here I am, e okul I can't hide anywhere!" I like the concept, especially on a voluntary basis.
muhtazbey muhtazbey 5 years
I'm not sure how much good this is going to do. They might be safe in school, but how about on the way home? Doesn't this grouping pretty much scream "Here I am, <a href="http://www.e-okulbilgilendirme.com" title="e okul">e okul</a> I can't hide anywhere!" I like the concept, especially on a voluntary basis.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
I believe there is already a school like this in NYC, that has be successful. However any type of "segregation" with the exception of all boys all girls tends to increase the divide between groups and in some cases help solidify prejudices. I mean some students need to be exposed to people of varying sexual orientations, because really that's the only way they may learn to be tolerant. In the real world you may not be able to just make Gay people go away somewhere else and on the flip side a Gay person who is out isn't going isn't going to be as successful by isolating themselves from the heterosexuals.
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 7 years
i'm actually in college in chicago, and this friday (tomorrow) is the annual coming out ball, and this year its being held at my school, illinois tech. the following day some friends and i in GLAM(gays lesbians and more - the pride group at my school) are volunteering to meet with and have a workshop with high school students who are gay/coming out and stuff, which should be really cool. it is sad that things have to go this far and i do think it is a voluntary thing to attend the gay high school; but it wouldnt be a bad idea. i'm still undecided on it as i do see both pros and cons.
pequeña pequeña 7 years
If it's voluntary, then it's OK. Nevertheless, I think it's very sad that there's the need to go this far.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I can see why some students would prefer being able to go to school and learn things without being bullied, harassed, and threatened for their sexual orientation, and if the students want to try it out, that's fine with me. The voluntary aspect makes all the difference.Still, it's very sad that anyone would even have to come up with this idea in the first place.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I can see why some students would prefer being able to go to school and learn things without being bullied, harassed, and threatened for their sexual orientation, and if the students want to try it out, that's fine with me. The voluntary aspect makes all the difference. Still, it's very sad that anyone would even have to come up with this idea in the first place.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
CG - I don't think we want to go there...;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
CG - I don't think we want to go there... ;)
piper23 piper23 7 years
Can't see them herding up the gays either. By voluntary I mean administration encouraging them to go. Kind of like they do the slow kids when it comes to special education schools.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
What would the mascot be?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
What would the mascot be?
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I'm not sure how much good this is going to do. They might be safe in school, but how about on the way home? Doesn't this grouping pretty much scream "Here I am, I can't hide anywhere!" I like the concept, especially on a voluntary basis.
em1282 em1282 7 years
...oh, and I loved being in a gender-segregated high school. I think it worked wonders with helping me break out of my shell, and it was nice to not have to worry about what boys thought of me until I got to college...and even then I didn't care all that much ;)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I'm sure it would be voluntary. I don't think they're going to herd up the gays and force them into a compound. I agree w/ Mich. My first thought was gender-segregated schools. I think those work out well. I wonder if they'd have fights about who got to participate on the women's basketball team.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I'm sure it would be voluntary. I don't think they're going to herd up the gays and force them into a compound.I agree w/ Mich. My first thought was gender-segregated schools. I think those work out well. I wonder if they'd have fights about who got to participate on the women's basketball team.
em1282 em1282 7 years
I agree with all of you--if it works for them and makes them feel safer and more secure, then it's a good thing.
stephley stephley 7 years
It's too bad for society at large that gay children might feel more secure in a segregated school, but if it works for them, I'd support it.
piper23 piper23 7 years
As long as it is voluntary, no problem. High school is hard enough. So if they really want to go there, I have no problem with it. Gender segregated schools has done wonders for our neighboring county. I wish more places would look into these sort of experiments. If it doesn't work, you can always change it back.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
This sounds like a useful experiment. I've heard that gender-segregated schools are pretty effective at helping students focus, but I don't think going to an all-girl's school would mean you were basing your identity on your gender alone. I think if these kids are truly helped by this school, and aren't in any way forced to go there, then it's worth a try.
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