School for LGBT students to open in Atlanta

The Daily Mail is reporting that a school aimed at attracting gay, bisexual and transgender students and teachers is being established as an alternative for those who may feel bullied in the mainstream system.

Pride School Atlanta in Georgia is a K-12 school – which means from kindergarten to 12th grade – and is open to any student who believes they are not getting the support they need for ‘being different’…

Pride School founder Christian Zsilavetz, who is transgender and has been teaching for nearly 25 years, said: ‘Kids have full permission to be themselves — as well as educators. Where there’s no wondering: “Is this teacher going to be a person for me to be myself with?”…It is part of a small but growing group of schools popping up nationally geared toward educating LGBT youth, who feel disenfranchised from public education.

Ross Murray, programs director, global and U.S. South, for gay rights group GLAAD, said: ‘There’s a number of kids who come from the South … migrating to places like New York and other cities because they feel like it’s more tolerant for them.’

‘They should be able to stay in their homes, their communities. I think having a school like this in Atlanta … it means it’s much more regionally connected…If a student does need a place where they can be safe from bullying, from peers who want to harass or harm them, they’re not going to have to travel tons of distance to do that.’…

More at Students will get support for being different’: Groundbreaking school for LGBT students to open in Atlanta for children bullied in mainstream education 


We heard proposals for something of this nature for the UK last year and it drew a mixed reaction at the time. 

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