>> As the number of complaints from transgender students alleging discrimination in schools across the country soars. A literal safe space is open in the south, of all places. Pride School Atlanta's mission is to serve anyone affiliated with the The LGBTQ community. It's a small school that hopes its big idea could replicated nationwide.
Reuters reporter Letitia Stein was at the school in Georgia. This school is one of only a handful that offers anything like this kind of an education in the United States. And researchers believe, worldwide. Pride School Atlanta opened earlier this year. It is very small, serving approximately nine students.
But students who were simply not being served well in the mainstream public school setting.>> School founder, Christian Zsilavetz. Himself, a queer identified trans man. Said he wanted a place where these kids felt comfortable. The reason I saw to create Pride School Atlanta, is, number one for LGBT.
And otherwise gender diverse students to have a place where they can fully themselves and get an education. Without having to fight for their rights. Even for things as simple as using their preferred name, or their preferred pronoun. Or being able to express a crush on somebody who might be of the same sex or same gender as them.
And also for queer and trans families to have a place where they know that their kids are going to be in a space where their family is honored. And for educators who might identify as LGBT, to have a place where they can really serve their community or just openly teach.
>> Court records and data reviewed by Reuters show a twelvefold surge in civil rights complaints lodged with the US Department of Education since 2014. The Obama administration has tried to tell school districts that they may not discriminate against transgender students. However, it's unclear what's going to happen with new regulations amid legal wrangling.
And an uncertainty about the incoming conservative president.