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Chicago Public Schools officials announced support for a opening a high school dedicated to gay students. Will tolerance be improved by segregation?

Chicago Public Schools leaders are proposing to open a gay and lesbian high school after a national survey found that nearly 90% of gay students have been harassed at school. "We want to create great new options for communities that have been traditionally undeserved," said school chief Arne Duncan. "If you look at national studies, you see gay and lesbian students with high dropout rates ... I think there is a niche there we need to fill." The high school would incorporate lessons about sexual identity into literature and history lessons and would be open to all students regardless of their sexual preference.

Gay rights advocates have argued that a gay high school would amount to segregation, and every high school throughout the city should work harder to cultivate acceptance.

Do you think "gay friendly" schools create tolerance or even more of a divide?

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jl34 October 13, 2008, 6:52 PM

How about a school for tall students or short ones, why not fat students and then skinney students, then let’s not leave out redheads, blonds, or students with glasses.

Gregg October 13, 2008, 7:52 PM

Oh, where to start…
Jean, Renee & Dan, where in my childhood town, blacks were prevented by our town leaders & the real estate industry from living in some neighborhoods. (‘60’s, N.J. & I’m white, btw).

Mom’s got Bull’ Clearly YOUR child is not gay (that you know of). This is not the same as having braces or acne.

Anony-moose, and those kids, gay and straight, are the children of tax payers too!

Becca, Your education has failed you. Perhaps you might have benifitted from an alternative learning environment.

Ky, Yes, it IS because they are gay AND some parents TEACH hate.

Michelle, you sound like a nice person, but please tell me when you CHOSE to be straight.

Dan, what a hateful, ignorant rant. Clearly, your parents, community and your education have ALL failed you. Language? You have no idea what you’re talking about! LOL
When did YOU chose your “preference?” Be careful how you answer, because “preference,” for both gays and ‘straits’ (sic) [‘witch’ (sic)one would assume includes you(?)] means one has more than one choice. What? you are 100% straight? hmmmmm…. ‘nuff said.

reformed October 13, 2008, 10:28 PM

Our society by and large is anti-Christian. This is yet another step in that direction. God has never given the Civil authority the power to operate schools. Open up your Bibles and check for your self Romans 13. Much less a homosexual school. This is going from bad to worse. However, most people even though they proclaim to be Christians will still think that this is a good option. God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and steve. Creation itself teaches that a man and a woman is what God planned. I thank God that people are against homosexuals. That being said we should not take the law in our own hands. Homosexuality should be against our civil laws. It should be a crime. But we cannot take the law in our own hands. We need godly leaders that will, one day, pass laws that will reflect God’s law. More and more people accept this degrading perversion because they have vanished God and His word from their daily lives. We need to pray and talk with these people who are in gross sin. We need to call it what it is. Modern America wants to call it a disease or whatever may fit….but they refuse to call it sin. Until we come to see sin as sin..we will not advance under God’s displeasure.

Anonymous October 13, 2008, 11:52 PM

How much we will keep accomodating? Separate school for GLBT, what’s next separate school for kids who bullies and the one who gets bullied.Why do we have to keep accepting things that are not suppose to even exit.

Wolfgang E. B. October 14, 2008, 1:26 AM

Smaller schools with smaller classrooms would be the best way to reduce bullying. A teacher cannot effectively monitor and control of room of 30 kids, and with 1,000 or more under the same roof, there’s a certain level of anarchy going on.

Personally, I have no problem with the GLBT school. Transgender kids are probably the ones who need it most. I wish something like that had been available when I was a kid, because I was bullied nearly to death.

People like “reformed” and others here spewing their hate are the reason we need a separate school. We can’t teach tolerance to children if their parents are teaching hate at home. Ideally, the haters alone should be charged for the construction and administration of this school. :)

“Reformed,” please re-read the 4 Gospels carefully. Jesus has some rather unkind things to say about religion, and I agree with him.

jen October 14, 2008, 8:47 AM

I know where I won’t be sending my child! Will they teach gay sex ed what goes where and so on i liked it better when everyone was in the closet!!!!

Wolfgang E. B. October 14, 2008, 10:08 AM

Jen, I imagine that’s easy to say when you yourself have never been in the closet and thus have no idea what you’re talking about.

As for their sex ed, it’s probably comphensive, world class instruction. To cover intersex conditions and gender diversity, they’d have to teach in great depth the complex process of sex differentiation during development and the body’s hormone production and regulation mechanisms.

Sonya October 14, 2008, 11:07 AM

god you bible thumpers and your making this into a religious stand point. I don’t agree with the special school. But why on earth do we have to start putting religion on the table. NO ONE wants to hear you preach. No ONE wants to hear you force your opinion on what GOD wants. Religion is best kept in your hearts and mind. Can we not remember he said not to judge others. This school is a bad idea. Tolerance, Acceptance… maybe a special class for all students to teach diversity in high school but a whole school just for kids that are already seperated enough from society via religious views, homophobia, special clubs, etc is a bad idea.

Pam October 28, 2008, 8:59 PM

If that’s what it takes to help them get an education then why not, but where do we draw the line? Should all the freaker and emo kids have a seperate school too since they all dress in black, have weird hair, and are always walking around looking all sad like their dog just died or something. How about a school for nerds, they get bullied all the time too, I know cause I was queen of the nerds 30 years ago and things haven’t changed, it’s same thing, different day. I think EVERYONE needs to learn to just get along and stop all the fighting over stupid stuff, and PARENTS, it starts at home! Teach your kids to respect others and there won’t be a problem!

rachel November 8, 2008, 1:14 AM

I don’t like they idea of a gay school specifically but what if it was a school for gay and straight students. it could be a place where parents send their kids to learn about diversity and respect. christians have their backwards religious propaganda machines. why not get some generous gay/lesbian/forward thinking donors to create charter schools for openminded parents?

Cattwmn November 17, 2008, 7:20 PM

‘Reformed’ - what are you ‘reformed’ from? The hate you put into text is not from a Christian as I have been taught about Christianity. ‘For God is Love’. Schools not in the Bible? Isrealite boys were sent to school, Reformed. The hate you sent via your post is the reason our Constitution is FIRM on the separation of Church and State. Our Government is anti-Christian? Honey, change the TV from Fox News to CNN or MSNBC!

Paul November 19, 2008, 10:13 AM

Just to clarify, we are not talking about sexual preference. ‘Preference’ assumes options, such as “I like men AND women, but I prefer women.” This is sexual orientation. If it were sexual preference, then ALL of us would be attracted to both sexes, and we would all be choosing who to be with. I imagaine that the straight among us are not also attracted to the same sex, but PREFER the opposite sex, right? This may change the discussion a bit, and is fundamental to the argument of needing a safe place for people who are simply predisposed to be a certain way.

Saphire April 26, 2009, 3:35 PM

God and the church are NOT against gay people! They are people no matter what. The church doesnt support what they do because it goes against nature. If a gay person abstains from sex with people of he same sex, and they don’t have sex outside of marriage,then they are fine. sex with people of the same sex is not supposed to happen. there is nothing wrong with being attraced to someone!

wild goose May 28, 2009, 11:44 PM

a gay high school??? UNBELIEVABLE!!! i bet they will have a great wrestling team.

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