University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Gay students can be themselves at Q High

Program provides haven for learning, freedom from bullying

When Kailee Hernandez told her friends at Central High School last year that she’s gay, things changed between them.

Girls she was once close to mocked the then-sophomore, acting as if she was hitting on them. When she entered a classroom, they sometimes just stared at her.

Kailee, 15, dropped out before the school year was over.

This fall, she is back in class, at Q High, a program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths that offers high-school courses and other activities in what its founders call a harassment-free environment.

Kailee said the change has been dramatic. At Q High she can focus on schoolwork, preparing for college and a career as a pharmacist without being distracted and demoralized by taunts.

Read more of the article at http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20121029phoenix-q-school-gay-students-can-be-themselves.html



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