Bronx lawmaker, group sue city over gay high school

Bronx State Sen. Ruben Diaz and a conservative legal group have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan charging that a public high school for gay, bisexual and transgender students violates laws against segregation.

Diaz and the Liberty Counsel claimed that the school breaks education rules barring discrimination based on sexual orientation. Several Bronx parents have also joined in the lawsuit.

Diaz said he wants the money dedicated to the gay high school placed back into the public school system. The Bronx parents who joined the lawsuit said they want to make sure their children have all the necessary resources.

New York City school officials said the school, Harvey Milk High, will be open to all students, regardless of their sexual orientation. Supporters said the school is needed to protect students who have been harassed.

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