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Gay teacher resigns after parents complained about him teaching their children

Gay teacher resigns after parents complained about him teaching their children

A British gay teacher is being forced to resign after parents complained about him teaching their children it is normal to be gay.

Andrew Moffat, who resigned from the secular Chilwell Croft primary school in December, will leave his post this month.

Christian and Muslim parents opposed to his book Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools being taught to 10 and 11-year-olds.

In an attempt to teach diversity and equality, one lesson describes a picnic in which gay families are guests.

Pupils were encouraged to treat all the picnic guests equally and not to use the word ‘gay’ as an insult.

Moffat, who has worked at the school for five years, was also instrumental in training teachers on how to deal with homophobic bullying.

‘In my work I have met with some challenging views from different sections of the community,’ Moffat said, the Sunday Times reports.

‘Some Christian and some Muslim parents have told me they don’t want their children learning that it’s OK to be gay.

‘I did come out at school in an assembly after a group of 11-year-olds held up a poster they made, with the heading “Gay is good”. It seemed like the right time to let the children know that they knew a gay person.

‘Following my coming out, some parents from different communities complained to the school, but I maintain that my decision was the right one at that time.’

In a statement, a Chilwell Croft spokesman said: ‘A minority group of parents . . . objected to some of the resource books being used in literacy lessons with some of the oldest children in the school, which explored relationships in different families.

‘[The] objections were primarily voiced by those whose own religion took an opposing stance to homosexuality.’

Moffat has now accepted another teaching position outside Birmingham.