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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.

People waiting for Andrew Moffat to speak at the Birmingham Pride parade. Pic: Twitter/@mjclaridge
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Revellers wait for Andrew Moffat to speak at the parade. Pic: Twitter/@mjclaridge

Mr Moffat, Parkfield’s assistant headteacher, has told Sky News that 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).

Parents, children and protestors demonstrate against the lessons about gay relationships, which teaches children about LGBT rights at the Anderton Park Primary School, Birmingham
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Critics say the students are to young to be taught about LGBT relationships

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”.

Protests are being held outside school gates over the teaching of gay relationships at a school with predominantly Muslim pupils.
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Andrew Moffat’s classes have been met with opposition in Birmingham

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.”

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.

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