LGBT+ education is under attack. That was the message from a BBC Panorama programme this week.
It followed protests by Muslim parents at Birmingham’s Parkfield Community School.
These forced the school to temporarily drop its No Outsiders LGBT+ education programme.
The backlash is driven by opposition to LGBT+ relationships. Several people told Panorama that teaching about LGBT+ relationships “encourages” homosexuality. Some said the only acceptable sexual behaviour is between a man and a woman who are married.
Rolling back LGBT+ education leaves LGBT+ children, and children with LGBT+ parents, more isolated and vulnerable.
Homophobic bullying is already rife in schools. And LGBT+ people have suffered a spate of physical attacks recently.
The backlash in Birmingham has given confidence to homophobes everywhere. Parents have complained about LGBT+ education throughout the country.
Panorama showed homophobes of all religions preparing for action later in the year.
It would be wrong to paint anyone who holds a religious belief as homophobic. And there are LGBT+ people in all religions. But we have to oppose homophobia wherever it comes from.
Let’s stand with everyone facing discrimination and fight for a more liberated world.