As you might expect, there are some in the community who oppose the school, but their reasons are quite diverse:
In Chicago, plans are under way for a new school where gay students and others wouldn't face the bullying and harassment they endure in other schools...
William Greaves, the city's liaison to the gay and lesbian community is on the design team. He said the proposed Social Justice High School-Pride Campus would be a college prep school for about 600 students.
"We as a team saw many … lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning [students] and their allies who were well integrated into the system and doing well academically," Greaves said, "but we saw just as many, if not more, who were isolated struggling, who were dropping out."He said the school would support those students as well as others that don't feel safe regardless of their sexual orientation.
"It's not to take away my compassion for anybody here. I try to raise my children righteously via the word of God via the Bible because this is my belief," Greer said. "I cannot support with my own tax dollars paying for something that I don't agree with."
Others had different reasons for opposing the school. Hantas Farmer, a transgender, cited the ground-breaking Brown v. Board of Education school decision.
"Have any of you considered that this is nothing but de facto segregation? I support you in principle. School should be safe for everyone. But I'm not sure segregation is the way forward," Farmer said.
If approved by the school board, this new LGBT magnet school will open its doors in 2010.
What do you all think - good idea or a step in the wrong direction?