Queer-centric school pitch on ice
The idea of a queer-centric high school has been shelved, at least for now.
About 40 people showed up to a community meeting on the idea Wednesday. None of them felt ready to pitch it to the Toronto District School Board.
They say the September 30th deadline doesn't allow enough time to do research, talk to the community & develop a well-rounded plan.
Many people at the meeting also worry a queer high school would siphon cash, space & teachers from the Triangle Program. Set up in 1995, Triangle is a board-run academic program for at-risk gay & lesbian students.
Many Triangle grads came to the meeting & agree LGBTQ kids need a place to feel supported, empowered & safe. But they say those needs are met by Triangle. Ex-Triangle students would like to see the program grow & be better publicized so gay & lesbian students know what resources are available to them.
Meeting organizer Fan Wu says he'll take the time now to really focus on what the community wants & develop a pitch for the TDSB---whether it be an expansion of the Triangle Program or a new queer-centric school. He will present it sometime in 2013.