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ERIC Number: EJ888308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
"Homo High"
Kilman, Carrie
Teaching Tolerance, n37 p36-39 Spr 2010
In Chicago's public school system, LGBT students were three times more likely than straight peers to miss school because of threats to their safety, according to 2003 districtwide survey; and students who face regular harassment were more like to drop out. In this article, the author shares her thoughts on the move of Chicago school officials to create a "gay-friendly" high school to address the problem on LGBT student drop out. In fall 2008, Chicago officials proposed a "gay-friendly" high school where students of all sexual orientations could learn in bully-free classrooms where a safe and welcoming environment was the norm. However, some gay-rights advocates--including Rick Garcia--question whether the district's plan to protect LGBT students only worked, in reality, to segregate them. Garcia said that if they create "Homo High," they don't have to prohibit this behavior in other schools. Garcia added that the reality is, they have to live as neighbors and all their kids should be safe in all their schools; segregation is not the answer.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois