Chicago May Get Gay-Friendly High Schools

Submitted by: parkm 8 years ago in
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/10/gay.friendly.school/index.html

School officials are recommending approval of a gay-friendly schools because violence is causing gay kids to skip class.
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Male 118
While I can see both sides of this issue-

I think that the fact that the need has arisen for "gay-friendly" schools is depressing. Everyone has their opinions- some people voice them, some people shut the hell up. When you express your opinion by beating someone up, well, then drat you that`s what happens. This is just stupid...

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Female 23
hmm, that didn`t come out right. by "school isn`t real life" I mean that you shouldn`t have to worry about adult life while you`re in school, you should be worrying about what grade you`re getting in math, if you have enough paper for art, and if bobby joe is going to ask you to the prom or not.
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Female 23
I guess I am on both sides of the wall here. On one hand, I love the fact that there will be a place to go for gay/lesbian/bi/transgender people to go so they won`t get picked on and can get a good education, and I am assuming that these schools are going to be voluntary. I doubt that the school board is going to say. "Oh, you`re gay? then you have to go to the "gay friendly schools"
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but, on the other hand, I don`t think that is preparing them for real life, you can`t get rid of the biggots in every place. I think school needs to crack down harder on the bullies, both teachers and students.

Then again, school isn`t real life. And if you`re being bullied, then you can`t concentrate on your school life, plus depression sucks (take it from a girl who got bullied all through Jr high until she learned to stick up for herself)

I am confused :/

And, I am really proud of you IABers! Except for a few idiots, this has been a very mature debate!

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Male 9,305
It`s nice to see a gay themed school, but in my honest opinion, I don`t think it`s really needed.

I approve of the curriculum including educating the kids about all of it, and being straightforward, as education beats ignorance...

Then if they cracked down SEVERELY on teasing, then maybe we`d be making a lot of progress as well. I know I faked sick a LOT in elementary and middle school because of teasing.

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Female 4,376
Personally I don`t think it matters whether or not it is a choice or genetics. I think it can actually be a mix of both at times. But you can`t help who you fall in love with. If you wanna stand behind your Bible and preach to us that homosexuality is wrong thats fine. You can believe what you want but don`t stop others from loving who they want.

against gay marriage? Then don`t go to one.

think homosexuality is gross? then don`t sleep with the same sex

Really no one is bothering you personally in any way whatsoever. Most of you over fanatic religious people are just getting so caught up trying to "save everyone from the fires of hell" that you are completely ignoring every other lesson in Bible. Such as judge not lest ye be judged. Or let who is without sin cast the first stone.

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Male 2,245
"i think its you who is way off base here buddy. you should read all of what ive said before commenting, because im not a homophobe, and when i was talking about loving another man, if you look at what ive previously said i am talking strictly about a sexual partner relationship, of coase i love my father and grandfather ect. your taking my comment and putting it out of context.
and yes...it has been scientifically proven...look it up for yourself"

elkingo showed that your scientifically proven theory is not true but you also took my comment out of context. i was addressing the nature of sexuality and love, and also not just loving male family members that you are socially expected to love. my point was that you can love someone just as much even if your not having sex with them, male or female, which creates a different outlook on the question of sexuality. homosexuality is only definite because of the physical act of sex. sex does not equal love.

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Male 5,620
hmmm I din`t claim that it was choice, or installed.. I simply provided a new thought, that it is developed. Developed being the key idea.
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Female 1,441
Schools can actually help in discouraging homophobia. We have signs in every room that say "Homophobic free zone" and we are prohibited from using terms like "That`s so gay." That simple rule itself has done wonders.

Just a thought; I would think that homosexuality is genetic matter and not always choice. Because homosexuality is found in animals all the time. And I doubt animals are going around and "choosing" their sexuality.

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Female 2,927
nature or nurture,choice or genetics, sin or not, these poor kids shouldnt have to go through this just to get a decent education. the schools are a nice thing at least they know that they will be safe. teen life is stressful enough as it is. im just sorry such a measure is even needed.
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Male 374
One of my best friends was constantly bullied and at one point he was beaten up at school by the whole rugby team (Excluding me), just for being gay. If schools would try and convice people to be more accepting of gay people this might not happen again.
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Female 4,028
... Why did I read that as, "Chicken May Get Gay-Friendly High Schools"?
I think that`s a neat idea. I just hope the kids don`t immediately flock there to run away from their problems. It should be a last resort kind of thing. Otherwise, I like it. It`s a nice thing to have.
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Male 5,620
What I said was, whatever you are attracted to during puberty, is what you will be attracted to through adulthood, simply because you have developed that way. You are looking at one case study, nothing statistical in any means. You would need to run somewhere in the neighborhood of a nationwide study to make that determination. One case doesn`t really prove much, but based on what you tell me about that case, I can argue the child was attracted to females though adolescence, and continued to do so through adulthood.
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Male 5,620
Also, modern psychology doesn`t go with nature vrs. nurture.. They go on a basis of "somewhere in between."
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Male 5,620
No, I was actually referring to the developmental & neuro-psychology experiment where they looked at brain scans of the aymgdala of adult humans.
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Male 503
lol elkingo your assuming that your right, but i guess i am to. but im also assuming that a phycologist would have a much different answer than a biologist for this issue. i guess your going off of nature vs nurture, but there was a case study done where a boy was raised as a girl because there penis was removed by accident during a circumsision. but in the end at the age of 20 the guy was still attracted to girls.

so to sum it all up, its not something that due to your enviroment, its something your born with. granted im sure there are people out there who do choose to be gay on a daily basis.

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Male 5,620
it has been scientifically proven, if you only misinterpret the data.
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Male 503
"11Volcom11 youre way off base on a lot of what youve said. scientifically proven eh? and are you really so homophobic that you can`t admit that you`ve loved another guy. i love all my guy friends, but i don`t bone them. love and sex are two very different things and its actually very hard to get them to get them to work together in a relationship."

i think its you who is way off base here buddy. you should read all of what ive said before commenting, because im not a homophobe, and when i was talking about loving another man, if you look at what ive previously said i am talking strictly about a sexual partner relationship, of coase i love my father and grandfather ect. your taking my comment and putting it out of context.
and yes...it has been scientifically proven...look it up for yourself

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Female 374
good for them, gays should be given respect
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Male 240
If they would quit `skipping` in classes, they would not have to worry about skipping out.
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Male 5,620
"its been scientifically proven that being gay isnt a choice, they are actually just born attracted to men."

Thats very incorrect. As a student of psychology, I know a bit about this study. It was done in England, and thats not what the study demonstrates. It demonstrates that at adulthood the human brain has developed a sexual preference. You can compare heterosexual female`s brain, to that of homosexual men.

The study indicates that during puberty what ever sexual preference you have then, will most likely be the preference you have the rest of your life. The amygdala is developed by then. I know that most homosexuals will say in therapy, "I didn`t choose this, but it is making my life difficult."

They have problems with society, family, religion, and basically everyone else accepting them, or at least understanding them. As a Christian, I don`t agree with the lifestyle, but I do understand that it is a developed thing.

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Female 4,376
*Sighs*
@Airsofter
Animals have engaged in homosexual behaviour. Why do all homophobes try to use that "it doesn`t happen in nature look at the animals" excuse when they try to justify why homosexuality is wrong. Look it up for yourself if you don`t believe me. Google is your friend.

And also I love when people try to say that homosexual are horrible because they don`t reproduce. Well there are straight married couples who choose not to have children or they adopt. They aren`t contributing there genes to society so why don`t we start yelling at them?

and being gay doesn`t mean you can`t have children. Science has come a long way so people who choose can have biological children and for the rest there is always adoption. So stop trying to say "oh if everyone`s gay the human race will die out" because that isn`t necessarily true. But I can pretty much promise you the whole world isn`t going to "turn" gay soyou people can just stop yur bitching

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Male 5,194
I thought Chicago already had a gay high school. Anybody remember that "New Horizons" thing?
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Male 2,245
"It wouldn`t be a bad idea to have a school for wimpy kids that get bullied, especially in big cities. Then some of these `I`m gay` kids would realize that there are other people in the world that are smaller and weaker than them that THEY can bully, and would no longer feel the need to take meat up their butt."

i really hope youre joking but even if youre not thats hilariously offensive

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Male 2,245
11Volcom11 youre way off base on a lot of what youve said. scientifically proven eh? and are you really so homophobic that you can`t admit that you`ve loved another guy. i love all my guy friends, but i don`t bone them. love and sex are two very different things and its actually very hard to get them to get them to work together in a relationship. the problem with how we view sexuality is that we automatically attach love to sex when the latter is more often than not just a physical release. on that note, and i dont believe that people are born gay and i do think it is unnatural and wrong, a loving gay couple is worlds better then someone who has meaningless heterosexual sex with whoever will have it with them.
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Male 186
It wouldn`t be a bad idea to have a school for wimpy kids that get bullied, especially in big cities. Then some of these `I`m gay` kids would realize that there are other people in the world that are smaller and weaker than them that THEY can bully, and would no longer feel the need to take meat up their butt.
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Female 1,496
They should just put all hetrosexuals in a special school. That would solve the problem.
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Female 1,496
Here we go. Another way to teach liberal curriculum.
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Male 32
Being gay has been shown to have genetic links, not simple Mendelian genes (of course), but here, I`ll summarize the findings of a 93 paper that used 115 families, by Hamer et al.

"The linkage to markers on Xq28, the sumtelomeric region of the long arm of the sex chromosome, and a multipoint lod score of 4.0 (P= 0.00001), indicating a statistical confidence level of more than 99% that at least one subtype of male sexual orientation is genetically influenced."

You probably just missed this particular journal article, Cefka, when you were taking your bio class.

Anywho, I still think this is a good idea. No one is forcing the kids to go but just touting it as an option. Certainly it`s not like `teh gayz` have been getting shot in chools for being themselves. High school is one of the most difficult times in a gayz` life, so why not give a little extra help to those that are being physically and verbally assaulted?

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Male 503
i-am-emo, yea i took that comment a little far, but even branding the school as "gay friendly", it still puts a target on everyones back that would go there. i just feel like every time there is a problem in our society the goverment just throws money at it and hopes it will go away.
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Female 1,264
"its hard wired into r DNA to reproduce thats why theres no gay animals"

Well... no. Ever wondered why pink flamingos are often considered a symbol for homosexuality (Hint: its not becuase theyre pink)

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Female 1,264
"I think we should build the school, give all the gays cocaine and baseball bats, lower airsoft1 down on a pulley and tell them he`s a pinata. "

Thats the smartest idea I`ve heard all day.

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Female 1,264
"why dont we just take it a step further and put black people, jews, and asians in special schools to."

"It is not going to be a `gay high school,` but yes, in a way, it is meant to target kids who feel they have been victims of bullying for their sexual orientation or perceived orientation,"

I`m fairly sure theyre trying to stretch the point that its not a Special school for gays but rather a `gay-friendly` school, as the title suggests.

(for those that read only this comment, volcom was being sarcastic. Just trying to avoid a flame war)

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Female 81
Lol at cefka. Please tell me you didn`t score well in Biology. If so you should switch schools. Just because it`s in DNA doesn`t mean it couldn`t be passed down. Remember about passive genes? I know you`re talking about high school science, but still. Also, gay men have sex with women all the time, especially in societies where it`s so taboo. You here about married men coming out after having children all the time. Also, gay relationships go back to ancient greece, and I`m sure farther back but I just know that because of the artwork and readings. Also, there are homosexuals all over the world, even where the mindset seems more focused on survival. Also, a period wasn`t just a fade. It`s still in so try using them.

Oh, and I`m not defending that DNA determines sexual orientation. I`m just pointing out your flawed logic.

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Male 503
i cant wait for cefka to post in a few days and tell us all about his love with another man that he chose to fall in love with... gl Cefka =D
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Female 15,763
Volcom, that`s a PERFECT IDEA!

I mean it`s not like it`s historically doomed or anything... ;D

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Male 882
bitch bitch bitch. lets have all separate schools for every one. nerds, jokes, goths, gays. stfu, stop whining and live with it. what makes them so special that they deserve their own school. kids are bullied everyday. if they dont like public school, try home school.
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Male 503
lol Cefka i can 100% guarentee that there is at least 1 gay person in every country in the world. and yea by the looks at it you took a grade 10 biology class, congrats. i didnt say it`s in their dna, there brain is just wired differently. but if we step back for a second and take your opinion of it, that its a choice, tell me this. say you put all your ignorant emotions aside, are you telling me that you could be physically, sexually, mentally attracted to another man? and fall in love with him? because i can tell you right now that i couldnt.

and in countries like eithoipia you wouldnt find gay people because if they came out they would be stoned, beaten, hung, ect. its because north america has opened its mind and not thought in such a narrow minded way that its possible for gay people to feel okay about themselves. which they should.

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Male 369
I wouldn`t go to that school personally, if people gave me s hit at school i just dished back to them. i also got into a lot of fist fights as well some iwon and some i lost but its always funny when the "macho-straight-i-can-beat-up-any-fag" loses to a fag.

still didn`t finish school though due to the fights and stuff.

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Male 2,313
I think we should build the school, give all the gays cocaine and baseball bats, lower airsoft1 down on a pulley and tell them he`s a pinata.
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Male 503
and cefka i remember you from the debate about the micheal moore film on gays. dont even say anything ignorant here or your just gonna make your country look even more ignorant than you have red neck
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Male 503
and airsofter1 your a f_cking plug. its been scientifically proven that being gay isnt a choice, they are actually just born attracted to men. although im more than sure that there are people out there that choose on a day to day basis to be gay.
but just because they make that choice or are a certain way you think they deserve a few punches or tauntings? how bout next time i see you i beat the sh*t out of you cause i think you look like a b*tch? that gonna set you straight?
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Male 276
"togetec
Male, 13-17, Western US
559 Posts Tuesday, October 14, 2008 8:46:57 PM
well i think the fags should be put in san fransisco and san fransisco should be removed from california and should be pushed into the ocean or maybe attached to europe. there. problem solved"

how so many distrubed thigns abotu this comment. Mass murder, pushing a whole city into the ocean and all side like it was no big deal. Dude, please put yourself in an asylum immedaitely... I hear they give peopel nice calming drugs and padded walls. Sounds nice doesn`t it?

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Male 503
oh yea, this is an awsome idea!

why dont we just take it a step further and put black people, jews, and asians in special schools to. then in a few years when everyone is finally okay with the idea because everyone stopped giving a crap, we should just throw them into there own special country and throw away the key.

(sarcasm just for you slow people out there =P)

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Male 626
"Did you just quote sarah palin?"

Who?

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Male 3,310
Hooray! Separate but equal. This will be great. It will start getting our society thinking about what we should do with gays. Segregation rocks!
Next step, send all gay friendly schools to gay friendly countries.
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Male 608
well i think the fags should be put in san fransisco and san fransisco should be removed from california and should be pushed into the ocean or maybe attached to europe. there. problem solved
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Male 1,182
oh yeah

GO BEARS!!!

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Male 1,182
Im way tired of all this gay poo, i really don`t care

drating every one has got to save someone/something now a days.

kids get beat up ALL the time for ALL different reasons, people just need to suck it up and shut the fu_ck up.

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Male 2,245
i think that the basis for all sexuality is just the fact that people like to f*ck. is a quadriplegic gay or straight?
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Male 1,788
I`m fairly sure airsoft`s comments were meant to p*ss off the rest of you, and to start a ridiculous argument. If not, eh oh well.
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Female 10
1. I didnt choose to be gay, trust me.. life would be simpler without being gay. That is not to say that I am ashamed of who I am, `cause Im not.

2. Animals DO, in fact, engaged in homosexual behaviors.. matter of fact, turn Animal Planet on.. there is a documentary about it.

3. I think this may be a good idea, and if it doesn`t work out as well as intended, no harm, no foul. People gave it a shot, and didn`t dismiss it altogether. I, personally, wouldn`t attend the school.. I think the fact that I made it through a regular school while being out shaped a bit of who I am today. I think I would feel a bit segregated as well, even if it was my choice to attend the school.. and even though its not exclusively for gay people.. I imagine the majority will be gay.. sometimes you need a bit more variety.

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Male 184
Too bad this school wasn`t proposed a few years ago, or I would have tried to go into it. It`s too late now. I`m a sophomore, and by the time it`s built (IF it`s built) I`ll be well out of high school.
Too bad.
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Male 70
just when you thought people couldn`t get more retarded...
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Female 15,763
"its hard wired into r DNA to reproduce thats why theres no gay animals"

HAHAHAHA!

Oh man, if you knew what you were saying...

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Female 239
probably not the best idea... put all the gay kids on one place... they are only making the target easier.
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Male 339
Really?! Wow. Every person, no matter their race, religion, age, sex or sexual preference are guaranteed certian unalienable rights. Does that mean we HAVE to agree with their choices or beliefs? No. But it means we treat then the way every human being deserves to be treated. Period. All you guys spreading hate...why don`t YOU head off to some island and just off each other. The world could certainly do with a lot less hate.
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Male 742
Eichenkatze,children don`t go to jail for taunts and fights,they get a slap on the wrist
which is buuullpoo
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Male 778
"Gay-friendly" Maybe it`s just my little corner of the world here in Colorado... but aren`t Gays already protected by laws? I mean, it could just be a state law here in Colorado.. but I thought they were protected from harassment and harm (just like everyone else around us) in all situations?
I mean, Harassment and intentional harm (mental or physical) is illegal right? It lands people in jail with you know.. domestic abuse, murder, attempted murder, rape, assault, and so on.. I had no idea Gays were exempt from this!


"Gay-friendly" pinchi.... GIVE ME A BREAK!

and Airsofter it`s not a choice to be Gay. Ask ANY one Gay person female or male and they will tell you this. It`s not their choice, it`s not their fault. They were born that way and it isn`t fair to judge them based on their birth traits.. if you think otherwise then why don`t we go back to hardcore racism and ethnic prejudices.. because I`m sure there would be a group willing to torture you then.

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Female 416
airsofter: I really hope yor posts were full of sarcasm and were actually a joke.

If not: You are an idiot. Please get educated.

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Female 81
hahaha
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Male 742
I KNOW MARY
IT SUCKS THAT THEM "FAGS" ARE INTERRUPTING MY BEER AND TV WATCHIN` TIME
THEY NEED TO GET THE F_CK OUT
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Female 81
I`m from Chicago, born and raised. I don`t want the "fags" to get the f_uck out. airsofter, I`m so sorry that another person`s sexual orientation effects your existence and life so much that you have to have such strong opinions on the subject. I`m sure your life is very difficult. I hope tomorrow won`t be too badly inconvenienced by a gay person. Good luck with everything and KEEP YOUR HEAD UP! You`re my hero, airsofter.

But at least to me, I couldn`t care less. If someone`s happy in my favorite city and not a terrible sociopath then welcome. I have no right to tell you to leave. GO GAY PRIDE!

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Male 741
airsofter1

If they "decided" to be gay, why don`t you do that, too, just for a few minutes? Why don`t you go ahead and try to be emotionally and sexually attracted to a person of the same sex? You can`t, can you?


If you haven`t noticed by now, you`re a moron.

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Male 742
*facepalm*
airsofter
go to bed
and sleep off the vodka and roofies
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Male 1,089
eh gothicqueen. f_uck u. no its not manly its a basic necesity for a species to survive. gays are a choice just like transexuals (wtf transexuals, i mean how could you do that seriously disgusting) yes they should be allowed to integrate into society without violence (i`m no muslim they hang their gays) but whats a few punches or taunting in highschool gunna do other than set em straight.
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Female 416
Or you could teach the kids not to be such ignorant douchebags and make all the schools "gay-friendly".

But, you know, seperating people according to sexual prefrence and pretending like that`s what the real world is like could work too. /sarcasm
whatever floats your boat, I suppose.

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Male 742
yes,WBC
I want unimaginable horror to come to their faces,those inbred dicks
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Male 1,765
Homophobia is a sign of latent homosexuality, Mr. Airsoft.
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Male 637
Westboro Baptist Church? And I use the term `Church` loosely... Fred Phelps was a member, he was in the article you posted, screaming at one of the schools about "sodomite behavior".
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Male 742
oh my dear god sir
I hope that comment was a joke you fool
and animals do occasionaly engage in gay/lesbian behavior
you`re dumb
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Male 1,089

sorry i forgot if the gun isn`t famous enough.

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Male 1,089
f_uckin fags get the f_uck out. chicago don`t want ya. chicago is a tough guy city like boston, smokin, drinkin, and gangsters r all part of our history. hell we even have a gun named after us "chicago typerwriter" I say they get tortured. they decide to be gay let em` be responsible for the teasing that ensues. call me ignorant but its a choice, its hard wired into r DNA to reproduce thats why theres no gay animals. and lastly MARRAIGE (yes probably misspelled) IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN DAMNIT.
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Male 742
who was that group of bastards that got driven out of town and like,protested at soldiers funerals?
I hate them all
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Female 4,376
@zero

But I would also like to say that just because you`re (quote)"religious" does not make you a bully. I have a few gay friends, mainly a few people from work, and I am a Christian.


I know that don`t worry. I just didn`t elaborate on the fact that there are a lot of religiou peoplke who are very accpeting and tolearable of gays/transexuals. But there are also a good many more who use religion as an excuse to hate. And those people are the ones that should be ashamed.

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Female 81
Yay because the solution to these problems is to remove the victims and put them someplace else. Why don`t they make a bully-friendly school instead? Obviously this is a sarcastic answer, but is a gay-friendly school actually the solution?
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Male 742
Well,It seems like it would help the Kids who are thoroughly tortured in class an oppurtunity to learn without being worried,but most kids can talk about their uh,stuff with their school counseler or any trusted person about their uh,stuff
so all in all
I thibk its a bad idea
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Male 637
Yeah, Park. No one`s really warring against anyone, we`re just discussing different points of view. Congrats on your first link acceptance, though! What`s your point of view?
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Male 742
*blushes*
XD
thanks
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Male 32
I think this is a wonderful idea. I think `teh gayz` are becoming far more accepted in mainstream culture, especially with people under 25. It`s still essentially the elderly that really have a problem with `teh gayz`. I mean, I have socially liberal and conservative friends, and while it was much easier to be myself around the liberal friends, the conservatives were just as understanding.
In the meantime, before people can be educated about diversity having a safe haven as an option can be a nice stepping stone. For those that call this segregation or not preparing `teh gayz` for the real world, this isn`t mandated by any law so it isn`t segregation. Also, what teens decided to go to their high school? In the real world you get to choose your college (so you can choose a gay one), you get to choose where you work and live (choose more gay things!), so this is preparing people for the `real world` The world where you get a choice about how to live your life.

Stay golden, `teh gayz

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Female 15,763
Park, only the good links start discussions.

Be proud!

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Male 756
Okay, it`s not going to be a "Gay Highschool"...
So wait.
A school who accepts gays and feels they should have a safe place to go to when they arrive at school...
That`s news? I thought that poo should be mandatory.
Ehh, Oh well.

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Male 742
to bad it started a war....
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Male 418
I don`t see a school for fat kids who get made fun of...
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Female 81
Haha. We accept gay kids at our school with open arms. xD One of our most popular kids at school is obviously gay. He wears dresses and heels so high, it makes me cringe to watch him.
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Male 637
Kenny_F, while it would be the easy solution for people to just ignore name-calling, that`s not always the issue. I`m not saying I disagree with you, because I was brought up to disregard negativity, because it`s usually a sign of fear or lack of understanding. However, a lot of people either rebel against, or accept the bullying as possible truth. Few people remain neutral. The more people that reinforce something negative about you, whether you believe it or not, the harder it is to ignore.
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Male 742
YAY
link got accepted
first one
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Male 276
Im sorry, Kenn. it is a combination of por typing skill, and an oveactive thought process.....
I will try to make sure the lines are more legible in future posts
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Female 15,763
Kenny, it`s not just about being called one word. I`ve never been picked on the same way every day for a long period of time, I don`t try and assume how it feels. I suggest you don`t either.

So just because we can live past it means we should do nothing to prevent it? Sh*t, flush all the antibiotics, don`t take any cold medicines, you don`t need indoor plumbing either...

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Male 1,825
ammit13fma, you type like a drunk. Very confusing
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Male 276
iPirate: "Actually i hate anyone who flaunts their sexual preference.

Suck it."

Tank you for answerign honestly...I just wanted to know. Please have a nice night (or apporate tiem setting. I just wanted to clear it up since it was on my mind.

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Male 1,825
"I have a few gay friends, mainly a few people from work, and I am a Christian"

Did you just quote sarah palin?

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Male 637
I dislike attention whores, in general, sexual preference has nothing to do with that, in my opinion. I get what iPirate means, though, the gays, or anyone stifled by a lot of extreme prejudice, in general, will have equally extreme fanatics who assume every negative thing brought to light against them must be because they`re gay, and therefore whoever said anything bad must be homophobic. Straight attention whores do the same thing, but they tend to say it`s because of jealousy...
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Male 1,825
ooh, some non-nice individual called you a fag? Big drating deal, nobody`s life is nice and cheery, get over it. Every single place in the world has mean people, what makes you guys think that this magical happy school will be any better?
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Male 418
"iPirate: I don`t hate gays. I hate flamers who flaunt it every possible chance they get but then when someone calls them an attention whore they call them a homophobe.

Do you hate striaght people who flaunt who many peopel they have been with as well....if not that is pretty one sided of you?
but it is easier to dislike thigns different form you...just trying to make a point not cuase an agruement"

Actually i hate anyone who flaunts their sexual preference.

Suck it.

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Male 276
iPirate: I don`t hate gays. I hate flamers who flaunt it every possible chance they get but then when someone calls them an attention whore they call them a homophobe.

Do you hate striaght people who flaunt who many peopel they have been with as well....if not that is pretty one sided of you?
but it is easier to dislike thigns different form you...just trying to make a point not cuase an agruement

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Male 626
"And the bullies? Just insensitive pricks that were either raised in really religious homes or just "mach" guys who can`t stand anything that isn`t "manly". Like these people are worth getting upset over!!!"

But I would also like to say that just because you`re (quote)"religious" does not make you a bully. I have a few gay friends, mainly a few people from work, and I am a Christian.

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Female 4,376
I love the way people think stuff is old news just because they read something similar a long time ago XD
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Male 418
I don`t hate gays. I hate flamers who flaunt it every possible chance they get but then when someone calls them an attention whore they call them a homophobe.
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Male 276
Opiebreath: I mean, REGARDLESS of your opinion, it`s completely inappropriate to incessantly grind away a kid until they have nothing left.

I agree...you should not be hard on peopel or try to change them just becuase they are diferent or do not agree with your point of veiw of the world. I have been on one side of this and looking back on those those time I wish the world was more accepting then it is.

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Female 15,763
"Updated 11:06 a.m. EDT, Mon October 13, 2008"

Oh yeah, SO late and old.

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Female 4,376
or better plan....instead of making school for gays,bi`s, and transexuals...how about we do something to stop the hate in the first place?

Why should we hide who we are and go to seperate schools? Screw that. Be proud of who you are and stand up for yourself.

And the bullies? Just insensitive pricks that were either raised in really religious homes or just "mach" guys who can`t stand anything that isn`t "manly". Like these people are worth getting upset over!!!

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Male 1,788
Seperating the kids is just going to make the problem worse. You know what seperating them is called? Segregation, and it does NOT solve the problem. Found this out quite some years ago.
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Female 164
i love how iab reports old news so late
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Male 375
HAHA,

thats funny, being gay must be the new cool thing to do.

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Female 1,006
Are they going to have "gay-friendly" water fountains next? What about a "gay-friendly" section at the back of the bus?
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Male 54
Could be good thing... but like it`s been said in previous posts, the real world is tough. I`m not sure if schools setup just "to target kids who feel they have been victims of bullying for their sexual orientation or perceived orientation" help the kids in the long run. However, I understand the idea that a school like this might be needed in todays world.
So... I guess I`m voting:
Sounds like a good idea, but using public funds may not be the way to go.
Yep, a firm Yenos ;)
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Male 1,766
Don`t worry fancy after school they all hang out at the drama department for 4 hours.
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Female 15,763
Kenny, don`t pretend you know what some go through unless you yourself have had such an experience.

I guess what I`m trying to say is that this school is all fine and dandy, but if they`re doing this, then the other schools need to seriously beef up the programs to educate other kids about bullying. I mean, REGARDLESS of your opinion, it`s completely inappropriate to incessantly grind away a kid until they have nothing left.

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Male 626
Yeah... don`t think you`re going to be able to get your lifestyle anymore accepted by society if you`re separating yourselves from it.
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Male 637
I really agree with you, opie, and I was trying to word something similar to that. I understand the reasoning why they started the school, to help gay/gay-friendly people from dropping out because of ridicule, but it seems to be avoiding the problem, rather than dealing with it...

"i wasn`t expecting to see that c.unt mr phelps` name in there, doesn`t surprise me though.
"we can not let these poor children get a decent education like the rest of civilised society - they`re gay and they are sinners, so they must suffer like the lord jesus christ intended" ...i can imagine he would say something along those lines."

-Agreed. I would LOVE to see Mr. Phelps pull an incident like Larry Craig, and get caught... That would make my day.

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Male 7,933
"Good point fancy, but one problem, who eats at burger king?"


*raises hand

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Female 602
While that is a good idea...

...here`s another idea:
Make a school for the obnoxious.

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Male 5,970
Good point fancy, but one problem, who eats at burger king?
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Male 1,825
You could just stop bitching about it and grow a tougher skin. Everybody gets made fun of a whole lot in school. Stop crying.
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Female 15,763
Oh I get it, ignore the kids that are causing the problem...

I just see this creating more of a "them" and "us" mentality towards sexuality. I understand it`s not just a gay kids school, but I still feel that it`s not going to help the overall problem. I think exposing the other kids to other sexualities, making them aware and having them understand why what they do hurts other people and is idiotic would be much more helpful than this.

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Male 342
i wasn`t expecting to see that c.unt mr phelps` name in there, doesn`t surprise me though.
"we can not let these poor children get a decent education like the rest of civilised society - they`re gay and they are sinners, so they must suffer like the lord jesus christ intended" ...i can imagine he would say something along those lines.
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Female 493
Yeah, that`s really going to prepare kids for the real world.
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Female 194
This is actually a good idea. People are dicks- it`s a fact of life, and douchebag non-nice individuals in the Christian Club are always going to pick on gay kids. It`s always nice to have options like this. Who knows, maybe the suicide rates will drop a couple of points.
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Female 182
Are they sure it`s violence the gay kids are skipping class for?
Eh?

No. Out of line...sorry.

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Male 20,830
that`s all fine and well, but what about when school is over for the day and these kids have to walk home, take the bus, go to the store, get something to eat at burger king, etc.

i`m not against this, i`m just saying.

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Male 4,290
Seems the NY one works quite well, might help I suppose.

Might also help if people realised gay folks are just the same. They`re not all suddenly going to rape you, any more so than straight people. Maybe they could teach that to the kids.


Meh I don`t know. At least this way the ones who were going to drop out might get a good education, and we can work on the homophobes in the meantime.

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Female 168
in my school, gay kids are actually pretty popular.
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Male 221
Chicago is gay.
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Female 45
I dont think a Gay person came up with this b.s.
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Female 223
I think this is a good idea. My college is pretty Gay friendly (it`s actually official Gay,Lesbian and Transgender week right now) and I think it`s a positive environment for everyone, regardless of sexuality. Having a gay-friendly school would be a good place for everyone who has ever been discriminated against.
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Male 1,825
And those statistics sound like bull poo.
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Male 1,825
Oh great, an excuse to have more "love everybody" psa videos to make the kids watch.
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Male 264
There will always be people against gays, blacks, whatever. You just can`t really stop it.
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Male 742
Link: Chicago May Get Gay-Friendly High Schools [Rate Link] - School officials are recommending approval of a gay-friendly schools because violence is causing gay kids to skip class.
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