The school meets in a church, but some in the religious community are speaking out against it.
When a public high school for homosexual teenagers opened last April in New York City, it had the support of at least one church. The Washington Square United Methodist Church, in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, rented space to the school.
Opposition from some segments of the religious community surfaced, however, after a New York Times article described the school several weeks after it opened. Evangelical groups, along with Catholic, Orthodox Jewish, and Conservative Jewish organizations voiced opposition to the Harvey Milk School, named after a San Francisco city supervisor and homosexual activist who was murdered seven years ago.
The school is operated by the New York City Board of Education in conjunction with the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth, a homosexual advocacy group. The classes were inaugurated as one of several dozen off-site programs run by New York City for troubled youths—including pregnant girls and drug addicts—who are unwilling or unable to attend regular public schools.
The city provided the school’s teacher and about $50,000 in funds. The state provided approximately $100,000 in funds. Twenty students who had received counseling at the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth were enrolled. In answering criticisms raised by parents, psychologists, and educators, New York Schools Chancellor Nathan Quinones said the segregation of professing homosexual students is needed because they are harassed in public schools.
A. Damien Martin, a New York University professor and a cofounder of the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth, said his group ...1
Already a CT subscriber? Log in for full digital access.
Subscribe to Christianity Today and get access to this article plus 60+ years of archives.
- Home delivery of CT magazine
- Complete access to articles on ChristianityToday.com
- Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives
- Learn more