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REVS. VOW SUIT OVER MILK HS(5 posts)

REVS. VOW SUIT OVER MILK HSClydeTri
Aug 1, 2003 6:34 AM
REVS. VOW SUIT OVER MILK HS

By IKIMULISA LIVINGSTON and STEPHANIE GASKELL

August 1, 2003 -- Amid praise yesterday from the City Council for the nation's first gay high school, a group of Hispanic ministers threatened to sue over it, calling the campus a new kind of "segregation."
City Council Speaker Gifford Miller yesterday commended the city Department of Education for planning to open the school next month with 100 students, which was first reported in The Post on Monday.

"Every child in New York City has the right to be educated in an environment that is safe and supportive," Miller said. "That right has been denied to far too many kids who face anti-gay harassment and abuse."

The Harvey Milk HS, at 2 Astor Place, will open for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

It was established to prevent physical and mental abuse that many of the gay students experience in the regular school setting.

Bronx minister and state Sen. Ruben Diaz yesterday questioned the need for the school and threatened legal action, as did state Conservative Party boss Mike Long.

"The issue is whether taxpayers' money should go toward segregated schools and promoting the gay lifestyle," Long said.

Diaz said that instead of separating homosexual students, schools should teach tolerance.

"They should teach them to love each other and not be segregated," Diaz said.

"People with special needs — handicapped, blind or [those] with other physical handicaps — need special schools," Diaz said. "Normal people should compete in the same schools."

Diaz was one of a dozen or so Hispanic clergy members who opposed the school and are analyzing whether it's legal.

If they believe the school is unconstitutional, the ministers will file suit to block the September opening.
why Hispanics?DougSloan
Aug 1, 2003 7:17 AM
I don't understand the Hispanic connection. Anyone?

Doug
If I were to be un-PC myselfOldEdScott
Aug 1, 2003 7:21 AM
I would say traditional Hispanic (macho) antipathy toward homosexuality. But I'm sure the revs have a loftier motive than that. Fear that majority Hispanic schools aren't getting a fair funding shake, probably. Money's being drained off to coddle pampered white homosexials.
I think it's partly coincidental,TJeanloz
Aug 1, 2003 7:40 AM
My reading was that their objection was more from the religious than the racial side of things, and this group of clergy happenned to be hispanic. But I could be missing something.
"promoting the gay lifestyle". And so it begins. (nm)czardonic
Aug 1, 2003 9:37 AM