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What it's like to be a gay man teaching LGBT equality at a Muslim school
"But my religion says it's wrong." It is 2015 and I'm sitting in a small meeting with parents at my new school, where 99 per cent of the students are Muslim.
Along with the head teacher, I'm showing parents the picture books the school wants to use to teach LGBT equality. They would be taught as part of the No Outsiders programme that I helped introduce upon my arrival at Birmingham's Parkfield Community school. Under this scheme children are taught to welcome all human beings, regardless of race, sexuality, disability or gender identity.
One of the parents is concerned. They say that by teaching LGBT equality we are disrespecting their faith as a Muslim. I tell them about the Equality Act 2010 and what it means for people in Britain. In the words of the Equality Commission, "The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society."
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