New York public: the first accredited public high school for gay students will open its doors this fall

New York public: the first accredited public high school for gay students will open its doors this fall – Education

Twenty-five years after San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk was assassinated, New York City is creating the first full-scale, accredited public high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students and naming it after Milk. Students must be New York City residents and must go through an application process before being admitted.

The Harvey Milk School will enroll about 100 students and open in a newly renovated building in the fall “I think everybody feels that it’s a good idea because some of the kids who are gays and lesbians have been constantly “harassed and beaten in other schools,” New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says. “It lets them get an education without having to worry.”.

The school is an expansion of a two-classroom public school program of the same name that began in 1984. A gay-rights youth advocacy group, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, has managed and financed the Harvey Milk program since its inception.

The new school’s Web page says students will be given “an opportunity to obtain a secondary education in a safe and supportive environment…. We believe that success requires the ability to respect and value the diverse human community.”

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