We the undersigned acknowledge the legitimate need for a Gay-Straight Alliance at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, and support and encourage the immediate installation thereof. The Center for Creative Arts, henceforth referred to as “CCA”, has a long standing history of having a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered student body population that is greater than that of the average LGBT student population found in other Chattanooga schools.
We recognize that, save for extenuating circumstances, anti-LGBT bullying is not as severe at CCA as it is in other local schools; however, we want to make the administration aware that it does still occur. Though the frequency of these occurrences is typically lower than that of other schools in the area, it is certainly not any less damaging for the students who are victims of it. We would also like to point out to the administration that bullying is by no means the only obstacle faced by LGBT youth. These individuals are also likely to experience depression caused by inner conflict, unaccepting and unsupportive family, and discrimination outside of CCA’s generally accepting atmosphere.
In your consideration, please take into account the following statistics regarding LGBT youth provided by Lamda Legal, as they pertain to the safety and overall happiness of LGBT youth, including but not limited to the students at your school: http://data.lambdalegal.org/pdf/158.pdf