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Gay UK Teacher Resigns After Muslim Parents Complain

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Saturday Apr 12, 2014
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Andrew Moffat resigned under pressure from parents
Andrew Moffat resigned under pressure from parents  (Source:www.thesundaytimes.co.uk)

A gay assistant head teacher in the UK has resigned under pressure from mostly Muslim parents, who said that they didn’t want their kids to "learn that it’s okay to be gay."

As reported in the UK Independent, Andrew Moffat, author of the book "Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools," resigned from his post as a teacher at the Chilwell Croft Academy in Birmingham in December, and will leave the school this month.

Moffat’s books have been used in literacy lessons for 10- and 11-year-olds at Chilwell Croft and other schools. The school said, in a statement, that, "a minority group of parents objected to some of the resource books being used in literacy lessons with some of the oldest children in the school, which explored relationships with different families. Objections were primarily voiced by those whose own religion took an opposing stance to homosexuality."

This included Muslims and some Christians, to which Moffat told The Sunday Times, "they don’t want their children learning that it’s OK to be gay."

Moffat said that he did come out in a school assembly after a group of 11-year-olds at a school assembly held up a "Gay is Good" poster. "It seemed like the right time to let the children know that they knew a gay person. Following coming out, some parents from different communities complained to the school, but I maintain that my decision was the right one at that time."

Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: "If parents are coming from a particular religious group, whether it is Islamic or Christian, and they have a concern at what they might consider the promotion of homosexuality, the school’s position should be made clear to them."

Some suggested that the situation is part of the controversy around a dozen Birmingham schools under investigation by the Department for Education over the introduction of Muslim practices.

The Daily Mail reports that some teachers were concerned over a letter circulated last month referring to a "Trojan horse" plot for Muslim extremists to take over the running of Birmingham schools. But Moffat said he didn’t think that was the case.

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women’s news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes about local restaurants in her food blog, http://brooklyniscookin.blogspot.com/

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  • Anonymous, 2014-04-12 16:56:47

    No bigotry of any kind deserves to be satisfied. Just as discrimination against Muslims is wrong, it is also wrong to discriminate against LGBT people - and schools need to give this message to parents and ignore their complaints and pressure tactics. Furthermore, one goal of school must be to teach understanding and acceptance of diversity - and that includes respect for and celebration of sexual diversity.


  • Anonymous, 2014-04-12 23:24:27

    Uneducated parents should NOT be allowed to dictate curriculum!


  • Anonymous, 2014-04-13 08:49:28

    Why is it, you go to any other country and you have to follow their customs people leave their country go anywhere else and expect to change that country into their, enough already! You should of stay in your country with your screwy ways!!!


  • Art Golden, 2014-04-15 16:27:01

    Fuck those parents. Intolerant assholes should never be given into.


  • Jonathan Willner, 2014-04-16 01:07:53

    It’s tragic when people who have been victims of persecution feel justified in turning around and persecuting others. I, too, am disappointed that he resigned, especially given his writings and the obvious support of his students.


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