Education

LGBTQQIAA Students Get Their Own School In Georgia

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Peter Hasson Senior Reporter

A private school in Atlanta, Georgia dedicated to serving as a safe space for LGBTQQIAA students has officially started holding classes, CBS News reports.

Pride School Atlanta is open to students ages 5-18, the school’s website states.

The school’s stated mission “is to provide LGBTQQIAA* students, families and educators a safe, fun and rigorous learning environment free of homophobia and transphobia — a place that honors their identities so they can be themselves, find themselves, and find friends and mentors who can help them navigate the challenges of life and education.”

LGBTQQIAA, the school explains, stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bi-attracted, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally (that means anyone who wants to find a home here!)”

The school’s executive director, Christian Zsilavetz, “is a formerly heterosexual cisgender woman who is now a queer-identified transman.” Zsilavetz has a wife and two “wee ones, one of whom is gender fluid.”

“He is passionate about creating spaces where everyone is welcome, everyone can work, and everyone can learn, regardless of gender identity, gender expression or affectional preference,” the school’s website states.

Tuition for the school runs at $13,500 per year.

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