Segregation defeats the purpose of diversity.
I have to dismiss the arguments based on race and such because you couldn't tell just by looking at me that I'm straight. I actually often get prattled for being perceived as "acting gay". So what. I know who I am. But I learned that by hard knocks.
This isn't about a principle, as would be the case, say, with Catholic or Jewish parochial schools ---a segregation that I support in Ontario and Quebec because the intent is the fostering of religious tenets and principles, not shielding certain members of a society from the majority opinion.
And to my mind, that's precisely what it seems like to me. As so many people are fond of saying to me, "in the real world, you don't get that kind of option". (I love to hear people talk about the real world. Makes me wonder where I am.) Integration isn't the best option for this sort of thing. But it is the only one.
This just strikes me as being another well-intentioned, ill-selected battle being fought with someone else's tax dollars by a government so bent on appeasing a tiny but boisterous few that they'll concede anything so long as they just shut up already. If this were privately funded with tuition dollars, I would applaud its intent but decry its method.
Not to mention that most of the gay/lesbian friends I've known either "knew all their lives" as if from the womb, or didn't realize until after a few experiments in college. Gay schools, like 'straight schools', would still reinforce a certain sexuality, wouldn't they? And more to the point, sexuality is such a formative, sensitive topic in high school, I would really hate to have to learn in an environment in which the only qualification for my being there is my location and my sexual orientation.
(And did I mention how big a bull's-eye you can paint on this school for hate groups who REALLY get militant about homosexual issues? This school is a battlefield waiting to happen.)
It's just bad news all around. And frankly, I would be a lot happier if homosexuality as an issue on the whole was just so accepted that it NEVER made the news-- and never required ideas like this to see the light of day.
As always, maybe I'm wrong. But there it is regardless.
*edit for clarity*
Edited by the 'Hawk, 29 July 2003 - 06:36 AM.