Chicago Mayor Comes Out Against Gay High School

Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s long been a pro-gay advocate, but that doesn’t mean he’s backing the city’s potential gay high school. In fact, he’s against it.

One day after his handpicked school board put off a vote on the School for Social Justice Pride Campus, Daley explained why — by expressing his misgivings.

“You have to look at whether or not you isolate and segregate children. A holistic approach has always been to have children of all different backgrounds– in schools. When you start isolating children and you say, ‘Only 50 percent here, 40 percent here’ — same thing we went through with the disabled — then you want to do that when they’re adults,” Daley said.

“It’s controversial. Some people are for it. Some are against it– The Board of Education has to make the decision whether it’s good for isolating children. I don’t know– I’m just saying that’s one of the problems– You start identifying them.”

We actually agree with this one. Removing gay kids from potentially hostile environments may protect them, yes, but it does nothing to tackle the real problem: pervasive homophobia.