A charity here in the UK called *LGBT Youth North West* believes that a state-run school for LGBTQ students is possible within three years,
and that this is a positive thing for students who identify in anyway as being non-heterosexual. They are taking the Harvey Milk School in New York as a model.
I believe this will not be truly in the best interest for gay or lesbian students, for a variety of reasons.
If I were gay, and growing up in a deeply homophobic environment as student under the age of 16, I can't see how this would be to my benefit.
* Completely understandable with the desire to have a safe environment for gay students, but is this not actually yielding to homophobic attitudes?
Instead of tackling bullying culture, gay students are effectively segregated from other students for a time, the bullies got what they wanted.
And when the bullies grow up and enter the workforce, they are only likely to ever carry over their prejudices and discriminatory attitudes.
They need to be told that this isn't acceptable, and people of different sexualities aren't "others", but their own peers as well.
Even though enrolment is purely voluntarily and temporarily, we should be concentrating on integration rather than enforcing our social differences, and stamping out intolerance.
* ~~The example given as justification for the school; the case of a 14 year-old girl from a Christian family, who killed herself over guilt of being attracted to women.
Elizabeth Lowe was afraid of coming out to her parents and friends. It is not clear, how exactly if this school existed, would it made it any easier for her to "come out" to her family.
If a gay student can't admit this part of their life to their parents, how can they be able to ask to be enrolled in that school?~~
* I've known plenty of LGBTQ people, they aren't immune from having deeply homophobic attitudes themselves.
It is a view also held by some gay people that "bisexuality" is simply "indecisiveness", that "queer" is a buzzword, and transsexuality isn't necessarily wholly accepted by all either.
There are preconceptions and ideals as to how a "gay man" should act like, and expectations for lesbians from other lesbians as well ("lipstick lesbian", "dykes" etc).
If the objective was to "take sexuality out of the classroom", I can only see this as failing, because they can't ensure freedom from discrimination, even between themselves.
Any mistakes or anything I am not clear on in my post, let me know! I will **bold** any edits. Thank you!
**Edit 1**: Minor grammar.
**Edit 2**: Cleared up some bad writing in my post. Thank you for your responses so far!
**Edit 3**: No longer convinced point 2 is a good argument.
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