Britain’s first gay school: Youth group unveils controversial plan to help bullied LGBT pupils in Manchester
- Centre for 60 teenagers is by taxpayer-funded LGBT Youth North West
- Group says it could prevent suicides like that of Elizabeth Lowe, 14
- But MPs said idea would not reduce prejudice in mainstream schools
- Tory Tim Loughton: ‘It seems a step backwards from achieving tolerance’
A taxpayer-funded youth group has drawn up controversial plans for Britain’s first school for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pupils.
LGBT Youth North West wants the school to cater for children aged 13 and older who have been bullied and hopes the idea will be copied across the country.
Organisers yesterday denied that the school would become a ‘ghetto’ for gay children and said mainstream schools can be ‘one of the last bastions of homophobia’.
But critics said the move would amount to segregation and would harm efforts to improve tolerance of gay people.
Amelia Lee, the group’s strategic director, said the idea was based on the Harvey Milk School in New York, named after the American politician later played by Sean Penn in a Hollywood movie. [...]