But is segregation necessarily a bad thing? If these people have grown up surrounded by a society that doesn't accept them for who they are and has exposed them to misery and persecution, should there not be an outlet for them to opt out? I know from experience the damage such exposure can cause on your adult life, so I more than advocate the existence of an option that provides a safe haven from bullying. Of course the root of the problem needs to be addressed and this can only come from the structures and processes within mainstream schools, but if they're failing young LGBT people, there needs to be a safe place for them. Everybody knows the importance of stability for a young person, so if this provides that, so be it. Being part of the supportive Gay Community is better than not being part of a community at all.
But there's no doubt, however, that this should only be a last resort. And if a student has to be moved there, they should strongly advocate an official investigation as to why their previous school didn't have the framework in place to support them before. But obviously, the LGBT school shouldn't be open to every young person who comes out of the closet, but only those vulnerable enough to need it. But if this is a school for the vulnerable, or for victims, or for those who just need to escape, why does that have to be confined to the LGBT community? There are just as many victims of bullying who aren't LGBT who would need the same levels of support and would welcome this opportunity. Surely there should be an option for them too? The school does say that it won't be closing its doors to non-LGBT youths, but with its focus firmly on issues faced by young gay/trans* people, is this putting up a barrier between them and the rest of their peers? Because no institution should be creating more barriers when it's supposed to be breaking them down.
Young gay and trans* people commit suicide every day all around the world, mostly due to the bigotry they face from their peers. It seems like every week we hear of another and with every young person we lose, we wish there had been the support in place to prevent this from happening. Of course every school should be fully-integrated, diverse and prejudice-free, but this is not currently the case. Maybe one day every school will be one of these utopian paradises, but until then, why would we block this proposed support system when there are those who genuinely do need it? How many more suicides will it take to convince us?