What better way to celebrate the Day of Pink than by taking a look at a couple of amazing developments for queer youth?
In Phoenix, Arizona, a new secondary school designed to keep queer youth learning opened recently. Q High
is the first high school geared to queer students in Arizona and is one of a few in America.
High schoolers in Toronto are lucky enough to have the Triangle Program
, Oasis Alternative Secondary School’s classroom for LGBTQ youth, which has been around almost two decades and is the only of its kind in Canada.
The International Day of Pink
is a way to create visibility and show your support to end homophobic bullying. The event takes place on the second Wednesday of every April and was started by two straight allies in Nova Scotia who wanted to show their support for a gay student at their school.
Now allow me to speak completely off topic, if I may. Does Q High not sound like the perfect name for the queer high-school TV drama we all want to see? Something like Degrassi
. Just think about the possibilites, the made-for-TV-archetypes: a twinky teen who realizes his intelligent mind will outlast his good looks; a bisexual girl tortured by the pressures of her complicated identity; a cocky, tough but secretly insecure trans guy; a proud but aging gay high school teacher who has put everything into setting up the school at the expense of his love life. The drama pretty much writes itself.