With public funding approved by the Ministry of Culture and the government of São Paulo, the NGO E-Jovemwill be opening the first gay school in the country in Campinas this coming March. The idea is to provide a safe place for gay teenagers to express themselves, while also learning and promoting gay culture.
The school will offer free extracurricular courses on dancing, TV and web, and editorial production of fanzines. Dozens of students, homosexual and heterosexual, have already applied for the courses this year, which will all be taught by volunteers selected by E-Jovem. A drag queen course and other programs are already in the works for next year.
While certainly controversial to some, I love the project and hope that it proves to be very successful in Campinas so that other cities may follow. Would such a school every be possible in the US?