Q High, gay and lesbian high school, opens in Phoenix

10:10 AM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
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Phoenix, AZ (KTVK) -- High school is tough for many teenagers, but for gay students, it's even more difficult.

A new high school in Phoenix is trying to change that.

It's called "Q High," and gives gay students an alternative to traditional school.

"It was when I first came out, I couldn't walk down the hallway. Kids making remarks at me."

Which made concentrating on learning nearly impossible for 16-year-old Tyler. 

"I ended up having straight F's, and school pretty much went down the toilet at that point."

But that was before Q High, a brand new school created for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, many who have been bullied out of a traditional school setting.

Q High opened last month, the very first of its kind in the state.

"They've just been like really excited about learning."

Kaedo Stewart is the Program Director at One-In-Ten, the group that operates the school, which works in partnership with Arizone Virtual Academy to provide online instruction.

Stewart says the majority of the 14 students who currently attend, this school was their last hope for getting a diploma.

"About a third of our youth have dropped out of high school, so we have dropouts, and we have about a third who are homeless or have been homeless."

Three straight students also attend the school, which Michael Wheatley hopes one day there might not be a need for.

"My ultimate goal is that bullying and dislike and hatred for gay and lesbian youth stops, and there's no need for this school."

"The reason we have this school is because there's a need."

"I think its quite amazing that this kind of school is open for kids."

"I wish it would have been here a long time ago."

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