The Manchester Evening News is reporting that a petition has been launched against proposals to build the UK’s first ‘gay school’ in Manchester…
LGBT Youth North West, based in the city centre, are in ‘early stage’ discussions to create a school for gay, lesbian and transgender pupils.
Plans for the ‘inclusive’ school have already divided opinion among teachers, parents and faith leaders.
The petition on change.org calls for existing plans to be cancelled and ‘equality for all’ in schools.
Tara Hewitt, who is transgender, set up the petition and says separating gay and transgender pupils will not solve the problem of discrimination in schools.
Tara, 39, said: “There seems to be a general consensus among the LGBT community that segregating young people from mainstream education would damage our equality.
“One of the biggest challenges for transgender people is that many people don’t know anyone who is transgender.
“If you move transgender, gay, lesbian or bisexual pupils away from mainstream education, it will only make discrimination worse.
“Without a doubt, this would be a step backwards. I thought the petition would provide an extra space to discuss what LGBT Youth North West are suggesting.
“I hope it will be used as part of the consultation…”
See also this in the Huffington Post from Shaun Dellenty: LGBT Schools and the Failure of our Education System to Support LGBT Youth
And this in the Guardian from Fred McConnell: Trans life: school taught me that all kids should have the company of their queer peers
This is certainly raising an interesting debate both inside and outside the LGBT community. Anything more to add? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…
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