Protests at school's LGBT lessons forces kids 'back in the closet'

LGBT lessons

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Religious parents protesting against a Birmingham school's LGBT lessons will force children 'back in the closet', according to a Muslim gay rights campaigner.

Khakan Qureshi, the founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT group 'Finding a Voice', said the protests outside Parkfield Community School would have a negative impact on pupils.

"We have to recognise the fact that there are many people in the UK and across the world who identify as LGBT and Muslim," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.



"When we have Muslims protesting that it's morally a sin and it's an abomination, it pushes us back in the closet."

Mr Qureshi's appearance on the breakfast show followed the news that four more schools in Birmingham had stopped the 'No Outsiders' programme, which explores LGBT rights.

"The ethos of the programme is about embracing diversity and celebrating who we are, and it is a shame the school has caved in to what I would say is a form of bigotry," he said.

"If Islam is about acceptance and it is a peace-loving religion, then we need to show that we are peace-loving and accept everyone no matter how they identify."