Parents protesting LGBT lessons are ‘misinformed’

Parents protesting against LGBT teaching are ‘misinformed’

One protester said they did not want their children being 'taught gay'

Monday, June 10, 2019

Parents protesting over a primary school teaching about LGBT relationships are “misinformed”, a pro-LGBT campaigner has said.

Demonstrators have been protesting for over nine weeks over Birmingham’s Anderton Park Primary School’s use of LGBT-inclusive books.

Khakan Qureshi, the founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT “Finding a Voice” group, told talkRADIO’s John Nicolson: “My main concern is the children. We need to know how the children are feeling because they are being really confused.

“[The protesters] say that we are indoctrinating the children with LGBT-inclusive lessons but the parents are indoctrinating children by shouting things that are homophobic.”

He added: "Everything they say is misinformed."

Demonstrators object to the school's use of particular relationship education materials, claiming the teaching is "over-emphasising a gay ethos".

They have repeatedly referenced the use of two books; one about two male penguins who raise an egg, and another about a boy who wears a dress.

The protests have continued despite the council successfully applying for a High Court interim injunction, which banned demonstrations outside the school gates.

Protesters demonstrating against LGBT teaching at Anderton Park Primary School

Mr Qureshi said protesters had accused him of being “Islamophobic and intolerant” after he tried to intervene.

“These protests have been going on for months… Even though we have had people trying to intervene and mediate,” he said.

“Their response to us is that we are being Islamophobic and intolerant towards their right to protest.

“I dread to think how the teachers are feeling. I know some of them are feeling very much overwhelmed and harrassed by the whole thing for simply trying to do their own job.”

Mr Qureshi added that one parent had told him that they did not want their children to be “taught gay”, and felt they had not been "consulted" over the teaching. 

“We have had many people who have tried to be reasonable with them to make them understand that we are now in the twenty-first century,” he said.

“They feel that their right as Muslims - the majority of the protesters are Muslim, though there are some Christians and Jews - they feel it is their right to protest.

“They do not feel that they had consultation.”

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