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Gay teacher resigns after complaints from religious parents

2014-04-08
moffat_2874617bA gay assistant head teacher in a Birmingham school has resigned following complaints about his sexuality. Muslim and Christian parents are said to have objected to Andrew Moffat teaching in the primary school as they didn't want their children to learn that it is "OK to be gay", The Daily Mail reports. Moffat will leave Chilwell Croft Academy this month, after handing in his notice back in December. On his departure, the teacher said: "In my work I have met with some challenging views from different sections of the community. "Some Christian and some Muslim parents have told me they don’t want their children learning that it’s OK to be gay." Moffat - who wrote the book Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools - has spent his five years at the school training other teachers how to prevent homophobic bullying. He added: "I came out at school in an assembly after a group of 11-year-olds held up a poster they made headed 'Gay is good'. "It seemed like the right time to let the children know they knew a gay person. Following me coming out, some parents from different communities complained to the school, but I maintain that my decision was the right one at that time." > Shadow Health Secretary wants NI gay blood ban clarification