"Q High" school in Phoenix gives safe alternative to LBGT teens

ARIZONA (KYTX) -- High school is tough for many teenagers, but for gay students, it's even more difficult. A new high school in Phoenix is trying to change that.

It's called "Q High," and gives gay students an alternative to traditional school.

"It was when I first came out, I couldn't walk down the hallway. Kids making remarks at me."

Which made concentrating on learning nearly impossible for 16-year-old Tyler. 

"I ended up having straight F's, and school pretty much went down the toilet at that point," Tyler said.

But that was before Q High; a brand new school created for lesbian, gay, bisexual and  trans-gender students, many who have been bullied out of a traditional school setting. 

Q High opened last month, the very first of its kind in the state.

Kaedo Stewart is the program director at One-In-Ten, the group that operates the school, which works in partnership with Arizona Virtual Academy to provide online instruction.

"They've just been like really excited about learning," Stewart said.

Stewart says the majority of the 14 students who currently attend, this school was their last hope for getting a diploma.

"About a third of our youth have dropped out of high school, so we have dropouts, and we have about a third who are homeless or have been homeless."

Michael Wheatley hopes that one day there might not be a need for a school like this.

"My ultimate goal is that bullying and dislike and hatred for gay and lesbian youth stops, and there's no need for this school." 

Three straight students also attend the school in Phoenix.


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