New York City: Harvey Milk School

A Place to Be Somebody At Harvey Milk School, gays and lesbians are the norm

Health class, Harvey Milk School: a male student in drag is talking about his last experience with alcohol. "A drunken butch queen was getting on my case, criticizing me and acting flamboyant, so I pulled a knife on her." A gay youth interjects, "If you consider yourself a woman, you should act like a woman 24 hours a day." So the boy in drag appeals to the only avowed straight girl in the school: "In this situation, are you going to use your knife or not?" She says, "You best believe I'll be using my knife."

In most classrooms, such a...

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