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Phoenix's first LBGTQ school opens

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The first school and youth center for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and questioning students officially opened its doors Friday.

"They get a supportive environment here that allows them to have an educational attainment in an atmosphere free of intimidation, free of harassment," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The school, run by one n ten, provides a safe place for the kids to make friends, gather and work on their person through empowering programs.

"If that's going to help kids get back, you know, kids who've dropped out get back on the saddle, get back into an educational environment, then that's awesome. Let's do it," said Stanton.

While the demographics vary form month to month, about half of the youth served by the school are homeless and about one-third are high school dropouts, most of which were forced out of school because of bullying.

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