Chicago may get 'gay-friendly' high school

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    Oct 13, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    Story Highlights

    High school would not be exclusively for gay students

    Officials say harassment contributing to high dropout rates among gay students

    39 states don't have laws against bullying based on sexual identity

    Advocate: "We can continue to do nothing ... or we can save young people's lives"

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/13/gay.friendly.school/index.html

    Hmmmmm...

    is there a potential for "bullies" in other schools telling gay kids to "go to your own school" and a potential for any kid in the gay school being called gay?
  • Koaa2

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    Oct 13, 2008 6:42 PM GMT
    To bad they announced this now, you watch and see how the Republican Party uses this!
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    Oct 13, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    I totally oppose this idea. It makes no sense to me.
  • Delivis

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    Oct 13, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    Very bad idea, indeed. Well intentioned, but bad to the bone.
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    Oct 13, 2008 7:01 PM GMT
    I agree. It seems like self imposed segregation to me. Every school should be a gay friendly one.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 13, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    I can see the pros and the cons, I think the pros outweigh the cons.
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    Oct 13, 2008 7:22 PM GMT
    i know New York already has an all gay and lesbian school
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    Oct 13, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    Yeah, well intentioned but still a pretty darn bad idea. icon_eek.gif
  • groundcombat

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    Oct 13, 2008 7:45 PM GMT
    Terrible, terrible, terrible.

    The emphasis should be on making all schools gay tolerant. Anything less is inexcusable.

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    Oct 13, 2008 10:32 PM GMT
    I think its a great idea. Making all other schools tolerant isn't going to happen overnight! At least this will help the ones that need it now, while people work to make the other schools more gay tolerant.
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    Oct 13, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    wonderful.....esp. after the other schools see how faaabulous the school turns out
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    Oct 13, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    You cannot make schools tolerant overnight.

    From the GLSEN 2007 nationsl school climate report summary:
    A Hostile School Climate and the Effects on Academic Achievement:
    GLSEN
    86.2% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 44.1% reported being physically harassed and 22.1% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
    73.6% heard derogatory remarks such as “faggot” or “dyke” frequently or often at school.
    More than half (60.8%) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third (38.4%) felt unsafe because of their gender expression.
    31.7% of LGBT students missed a class and 32.7% missed a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe, compared to only 5.5% and 4.5%, respectively, of a national sample of secondary school students.
    The reported grade point average of students who were more frequently harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression was almost half a grade lower than for students who were less often harassed (2.8 versus 2.4).

    Positive Interventions and Support:

    Students in schools with a Gay-Straight Alliance reported hearing fewer homophobic remarks, experienced less harassment and assault because of their sexual orientation and gender expression, were more likely to report incidents of harassment and assault to school staff, were less likely to feel unsafe because of their sexual orientation or gender expression, were less likely to miss school because of safety concerns and reported a greater sense of belonging to their school community.
    The presence of supportive staff contributed to a range of positive indicators including fewer reports of missing school, greater academic achievement, higher educational aspirations and a greater sense of belonging to their school community.
    Students from a school with a safe school policy that included protections based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression heard fewer homophobic remarks, experienced lower levels of victimization related to their sexual orientation, were more likely to report that staff intervened when hearing homophobic remarks and were more likely to report incidents of harassment and assault to school staff


    some kids need a place to go where they can learn when other institutions only offer harassment. If larger cities have the resources to do this then each individuals education should take priority over pretending GLBT kids are treated with fairness and respect.
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    Oct 14, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    As an interim step high schools for gay students is not a bad idea considering how badly gay and lesbian students can be treated. Given a choice between going to school in a safe environment where they can learn, and going to a school where their physical and mental well being are endangered, I will opt for the former.

    For those on RJ who think this is a terrible idea, my question is were you out in High School? And if not why not?
  • groundcombat

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    Oct 24, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    I'll say it again. Chicago Public Schools should instead pick up the charge of MAKING their schools safe for gays at any cost. I'm sure it was "easier" to keep the white kids at the white schools and the black kids at the black schools during the Civil Rights Movement too.

    And no I was not out in high school. I didn't even know I was gay in high school.