The founder of Finding A Voice - a social support group for South Asian LGBT+ communities in Birmingham and the surrounding areas - has said he is ‘appalled’ by homophobic leaflets which have been distributed outside Anderton Park School in the city’s Balsall Heath district.
Khakan Qureshi, who, as well as being an LGBT rights campaigner is also a gay Muslim, said: “These protests and the misinformation shared has now gone beyond the initial concern of age-appropriate to blatant homophobia,” the BBC reports.
Anderton Park is one of the schools caught up in the row over the teaching of LGBT lessons to primary-age children in predominantly Muslim schools.
The leaflets, which read ‘We do NOT agree with homosexuality’ and state that LGBTI-inclusivity lessons promote ‘a whole-school gay ethos’ were distributed outside the school on Thursday. The leaflets also claim that the LGBT classes teach four-year-olds that ‘they can be a boy or a girl’ and teach boys ‘it is ok to marry your best friend ‘Abdul’’.
Anderton Park has already had demonstrations staged by parents outside its gates. The protests follow on from those at Parkfield Community School in Saltley, where the teaching of assistant head Andrew Moffat’s equality & diversity programme, No Outsiders, has been suspended.
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