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Four more Birmingham schools halt lessons on LGBT rights

Four more Birmingham schools halt lessons on LGBT rights

Anti LGBTI lessons protestors outside Parkfield School (Photo: Twitter) court

Four more schools in Birmingham have halted LGBTI-inclusive lessons following protests, according to the BBC.

The Leigh Trust, which runs four primary schools in Birmingham, said it was halting lessons until after Ramadan.

Last week, Parkfield Community School announced it will halt its LGBTI-inclusive teaching.

Parents had protested outside the gates of the primary school in Birmingham, UK.

The No Outsiders program was part of the sex and relationship education program. It fostered acceptance among pupils.

Despite support from for the program for the education secretary, the education watchdog Ofsted, and local politicians, Parkfield suspended it.

‘It’s not about being homophobic’

According to a letter seen by the BBC, the Leigh Trust is suspending their No Outsiders programme until an agreement with parents was reached.

The Leigh Trust includes Leigh Primary School, Alston Primary School, Marlborough Junior and Infants School and Wyndcliff Primary School.

Parents at Parkfield and Leigh Trust claimed the classes were inappropriate for young children.

They also said the LGBT message contradicted teachings of Islam.

In February, the government published its first guidance on sex and relationships in schools.

The guidance said it ‘expects’ schools to teach about LGBTI relationships.

Campaigner Amir Ahmed told the BBC the No Outsiders program was changing ‘children’s moral position on family values on sexuality.

He said he was part of a ‘traditional community’.

‘Morally we do not accept homosexuality as a valid sexual relationship to have. It’s not about being homophobic.’

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