Teacher in LGBT classes row leads Birmingham Pride

25 May 2019, 20:53 | Updated: 26 May 2019, 08:39

A teacher whose lessons on LGBT relationships have been met with protests is leading Birmingham Pride this weekend.

Andrew Moffat has been teaching a programme called No Outsiders, which looks at relationships, race, religion, adoption and disability since 2014.

Some parents began a petition against the classes at Parkfield Community School in January, and that has led to protests and the classes being dropped.

The demonstrations have now spread to Anderton Park Primary - also in Birmingham.

Mr Moffat, Parkfield's assistant headteacher, has told Sky News he received a death threat and has been given advice from police about how he travels to and from school.

He was joined at the front of the Pride parade by Khakan Qureshi, founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT, and Saima Razzaq, from Supporting Education of Equality and Diversity in Schools (Seeds).

There was "no one better" to lead the parade, Pride organisers said.

Discussing the protests against his lessons, Mr Moffat said he had had "maybe eight nasty messages".

He added: "I have had literally six hundred from across the country saying this work is important.

"In Britain today, schools have got to find a way to tackle that rise in hate. We can't ignore this."

:: Listen to the New Lines podcast on Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker

Parents have been demonstrating for weeks because they are unhappy that children are being taught it is okay to be gay.

They say it contradicts their religious beliefs.