In New Orleans, BreakOUT! Prioritizes LGBTQ Students Pushed Out of School

“It’s easier to come to POSH – it was already filled with friends and family, so it’s not like anyone felt out of place or felt like they had to put on some type of a façade to come here… you know you’re not going to be outcasted or ridiculed for what you don’t know or how you look.” –Kiera Dixon

With LGBTQ students, students of color, and students with disabilities facing disproportionate disciplining, violence, and expulsion at high schools around the country, some organizations are fighting back, creating educational spaces where under-served communities can thrive. LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund grantee BreakOUT! in Atlanta, Georgia is doing just that for LGBTQ community members through their POSH Academy. Two of their HiSET (formerly GED) students spoke to Louisiana Public Radio on October 8, 2015: listen here.

You can also find out more about the POSH Academy here.

BreakOUT! sees educational justice as part of their core work with LGBTQ community members, and also sees this program as a chance to deepen their healing and wellness work, “focusing on building overall development of mind and body through ‘alternative learning courses’ where scholars take a step…closer to practical/popular education.” The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund is proud to support BreakOUT! in their meeting the needs of LGBTQ people.

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