Gay Labour MP Angela Eagle was in tears today as she told the House of Commons that LGBTs are not going to get back in the closet.
Speaking in a debate fuelled by events at two Birmingham schools, where parents and activists have been demonstrating against the teaching of lessons about LGBT relationships, Eagle said: “We know that the motivations of some of those involved in this are reactionary and they are to return us to an era where LGBT people should get back in the closet and hide and be ashamed of the way they are.
"We aren't going to get back into the closet or hide or be ashamed, nor are we going to allow a generation of pupils that are now in school to go through what the pupils of the ’80s had to go through because this chamber let them down.
“And nor are we going to let this to happen in the name of religion.”
Watch Angela's speech below...
Eagle was responding to fellow Labour MP Roger Godsiff, who spoke in support of the protesters who have been demonstrating outside Anderton Park, a school in his Birmingham constituency.
Godsiff said: “... I came to the conclusion that the parents that were protesting had some valid reasons for doing so, as the head teacher seemed totally unwilling to have meetings with parents to address their concerns and seek a comprise way of resolving the conflict.”
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