The Yale Daily News reports that the university has formed an ad-hoc committee to consider creating gender-neutral house for students who don’t easily fit into the binary gender system. You can read the complete story here.

In recent years, other schools have tackled this topic. The Boston Globe published this story about transmen in the Seven Sisters schools, “When She Graduates As He” and The New York Times addressed it in this landmark article in 2004, “On Campus, Rethinking Biology 101.”

Meanwhile, Chicago Public Radio reported this week that the Chicago public school system is considering opening a high school designed for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students.

A group of educators proposing the school say it will provide a safer learning environment for GLBT students, but would be open to everyone.

Here’s some of the interview:

William Greaves is a spokesman for the group.

GREAVES: We saw many students who were well-adjusted and integrated into their high schools, but we saw just as many who were not integrated, and feeling isolated and at risk.

Bert Cohler is a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. He agrees that some GLBT students need a more supportive environment for a time. But there’s at least one possible drawback.

These kids grow up in a sheltered world and don’t learn to deal, if you will, with the slings and arrows of the ordinary straight world.

Next month a CPS committee will weigh in on the proposal.


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