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Birmingham school defends LGBTI lessons after backlash from parents

Birmingham school defends LGBTI lessons after backlash from parents

Parkfield Community School muslim parents lgbt protest over LGBTI-inclusivity lessons

A school in England has defended its right to teach lessons on LGBTI inclusivity.

Parkfield Community School experienced backlash from local parents opposed to the teaching of LGBTI content.

The No Outsiders program was arranged by assistant headteacher, Andrew Moffat.

It is part of the sex and relationship education program at the Birmingham school.

Moffat said he has experienced threats and a leaflet campaign against teaching the classes.

It isn’t the first time he’s had such an experience. Moffat had also received flak for LGBTI inclusivity classes taught in his previous schools.

Last week, Labour councilor Mohammed Idrees of Alum Rock voiced his opposition to the lessons, saying that ‘the children are too young’ to learn about LGBTI issues.

Parents opposed

Moffat, who was awarded an MBE for his work in LGBTI education, started the lessons four years ago.

The program includes reading storybooks featuring same-sex relationships and marriages in class.

It also includes stories about children with disabilities or those who are living with their grandparents.

‘I’m just teaching children from an early age that there are different families out there and, let’s not forget, that in some schools there are children with two mums, so I see it that they’re not being taught anything. All they’re seeing is their family is being accepted,’ Moffat said.

‘We want all children in Birmingham to know that their family is normal; that their family is accepted and welcomed in schools.’

Moffat maintains that the vast majority of parents are supportive of the lessons, with the outcry coming from a small but vocal minority, the Guardian reports.

Initial complaints about the lessons were raised by Fatima Shah, whose child attends Parkfield Community School.

‘Children are being told it’s OK to be gay, yet 98% of children at this school are Muslim,’ Shah said.

‘It’s a Muslim community. He said all parents are on board with it, but the reality is, no parents are on board with it.’

Shah removed her 10-year-old daughter from school, though she allowed her child to return later.