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Birmingham Pride to be led by Muslim community

Members of Birmingham’s Muslim community will walk at the front of this year’s Pride parade alongside the primary school teacher at the centre of a row over LGBT-inclusive relationship education. Andrew Moffat, assistant head teacher at Parkfield Community School and pioneer of the inclusive No Outsiders programme, will walk “arm in arm” with LGBT+ Muslim campaigners on Saturday (May 25). Birmingham Pride co-director Lawrence Barton said: “We’re delighted that Andrew is going to be leading the carnival parade this year, joined by Muslim friends, in a space that celebrates equality,...
Anderton ParkBirminghamCurrent AffairsEducationEnglandLGBT lessonsUK

Birmingham school to close early ahead of mass anti-LGBT protest

Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham, the site of parent protests against LGBT-inclusive relationship lessons, will close early this Friday (May 24) due to safety concerns. Anderton Park is one of several to be targeted by parents and anti-LGBT campaigners who do not want children to learn about same-sex relationships. After seven weeks of “escalating” protests, Birmingham City Council has learned that a mass demonstration is planned for Friday (May 24) afternoon. As such, parents were told on Thursday morning (May 23) that the school would close at lunchtime instead...
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Government announces review into handling of LGBT+ asylum claims

The Government will investigate the way that LGBT+ asylum claims are assessed by the Home Office, it has been announced. The review has been commissioned “in order to alleviate any concerns about the way in which vulnerable claims are dealt with,” Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said on Wednesday (May 22). “The aim and approach of the review will be to ensure that empathy and religious literacy is considered by decision makers when assessing these highly complex claims, acknowledging the impact of their decision whilst ensuring appropriate rigour is applied as...
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MP Roger Godsiff ‘didn’t read’ LGBT+ children’s books before attacking them

Labour MP Roger Godsiff has admitted he didn’t bother to read LGBT+ children’s books before attacking them publicly. Godsiff, the MP for Birmingham Hall Green, has faced anger after saying it was not “age appropriate” for five-year-olds to learn that gay parents exist. In an interview with the Birmingham Mail on Tuesday, Godsiff appeared to side with anti-LGBT protesters who have targeted a school in his constituency. He cited picture book My Chacha is Gay, which is about a Pakistani boy who has a gay uncle, and My Princess Boy, about...
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