A Gay High School? Uh…

Apparently, Obama’s prospective Secretary of Education is backing a planned high school that would cater to gay students (while still allowing straight students to attend, of course). I have to say, I’m not overly comfortable with the idea.

Don’t get me wrong – the atmospher in many high schools for gay teenagers might charitably be described as ‘hostile’, and there is a clear need to do something about that. Trying to draw gay students away from mainstream schools and into somewhere made specifically for them is certainly going to be an effective short-term solution to the problem, but I worry about how it will pan out in the long run. Many high schools already make it clear that they welcome students of any race, nationality or religion – why not start similar initiatives with regard to sexual orientation, where they don’t already exist?

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