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Queer-centric high school discussed at forum

A community meeting was held Wednesday to determine the public’s interest in creating a queer-centric high school in Toronto.

There was no consensus at a forum with parents, students and teachers at the Toronto District School Board to push the idea forward.

The only thing the group could agree on was that more needs to be done for gay students.

Fan Wu, a University of Toronto student who graduated from a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) high school in 2010, is spearheading the project, according to reports.  

The plan for the school, which would be open to all students, hasn’t been formally delivered to the TDSB, but the board told the Toronto Star it’s open to all proposals for alternative schools.

“I think it’s a great thing,” a woman named Rose said on Church Street Wednesday morning. “I think the world and this city is very diverse and it’s great to educate the public and it’s a part of normal society.”

The TDSB currently runs the Triangle Program for LGBT students at the Oasis Alternative Secondary School near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street that focuses on gay literature, history and current events.

The public meeting was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the 519 Church Street Community Centre.