10/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Strong Support For GLBT Public High School

More than 200 people packed a North Side meeting room last night to voice their mostly positive opinions on a proposed public high school catering to gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The proposed Pride Campus is an extension of the Greater Lawndale Little Village School for Social Justice and would open in 2010 if approved by the Chicago Board of Education.

Chad Weiden, assistant principal of the social justice school, said the Pride Campus would become a national model as it provides a safe and affirming environment for all students and encourages them to examine the struggle for human dignity.

"Tonight is historic," he said. "We are here to serve the students who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. [They] are three times more likely than their non-gay peers to report missing school because they feel unsafe."

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