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Plans for LGBTA school postponed [26 November, 2008]

A proposal for a Chicago gay high school was abruptly taken off the agenda of the Chicago Public Schools November 19 board meeting.  Supporters and opponents of the proposal came to the downtown office of CPS, only to be handed a memo from The Office of New Schools informing them that “[t]he Social Justice Solidarity High School proposal has been withdrawn from consideration during today’s Board meeting.”

Group invites Huberman to speak [11 March, 2009]

Gender JUST (Justice United for Societal Transformation) is a Chicago grassroots organization.  In recent months, the group has been working on what it describes as the problems of heterosexism and violence against LGBTQA students in Chicago’s public schools.  On March 4, Gender JUST hand-delivered a letter to Ron Huberman, the new Chicago Public Schools (CPS) chief, asking him to attend a public forum convened by the group.

Suicides and bullying: A closer look [20 May, 2009]

Two school students as young as 11 years old recently committed suicide within 10 days of each other after enduring anti-gay harassment.  Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Springfield, Mass., killed himself April 6 and Jaheem Herrera of DeKalb County, Ga., hanged himself with a cloth belt April 16 after similar taunts.  The incidents have created waves of shock and dismay and generated a public conversation about such instances of bullying.

Huberman attends forum on LGBTQ students [17/24 June, 2009]

Gender JUST (Justice United for Societal Transformation) held its first Safe and Affirming Education Community Forum at Lozano Library, 1805 S.  Loomis, June 15.  The event highlighted the issues facing LGBTQ/GNC (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer/gender non-conforming) students in CPS.  The group invited Ron Huberman, the openly gay chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), to attend.

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