Georgia Creating First LGBT-Only ‘Gay Pride School’ Pre-K – 8th Grade.
Gay and lesbian leaders are joining forces to start a new private school where students of gay, lesbian or transgender families can feel comfortable learning.
School organizers have already secured an in town location, but need money to get the school off the ground.
“I want a place where queer and trans families can bring their kids and not have to worry about being the token lesbian family or the token gay family,” said Christian Zsilavetz.
The married father of two says he will not stop until Pride School Atlanta is a reality.
Zsilavetz is joining forces with others in the community to form a private school where children can learn without fear of harassment because of who they are or where they come from.
“It’s an intentional safe space for kids for youth who want to learn and not have to worry about homophobic remarks every day,” he said.
“It’s not going to make everything better for every kid everywhere,” says Kara Vona, a 15 year educator. “This is a small school it’s going to serve a small community but it’s going to serve them really well.”
The school has a location at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church on Piedmont Road, But more funding is needed.
They say they hope to keep tuition down to $12,000 per year per student.
School organizers hope to initially start Pride School Atlanta this fall with classes from Pre-K to 8th grade.