Birmingham LGBT teaching row: How did it unfold?

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05/22/2019

Lessons about same-sex relationships and transgender issues have resulted in protests outside primary schools, children being removed from classes and head teachers being threatened. BBC News looks back at the origins of the Birmingham LGBT teaching row. The No Outsiders project was the brainchild of Andrew Moffat, assistant head teacher at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham. Mr Moffat created it to teach children about the Equality Act 2010 and British values. He also wanted pupils to “be proud of who they are while recognising and celebrating difference and diversity”. In January this year a parent whose child attends Parkfield school raised a petition, claiming the teaching contradicted the Islamic faith. “Children at this age don’t even know if they are coming or going, let alone knowing what sexual orientation they will become,” Mariam Ahmed said. While the writing in the Koran is open to interpretation, it includes passages which suggest homosexuality is against the will of Allah.

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