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Faith and religion

No Outsiders

The No Outsiders programme aims to teach children about the characteristics protected by the Equality Act – such as sexual orientation and religion. Books used in the programme include stories about a dog that doesn’t feel like it fits in, two male penguins that raise a chick together and a boy who likes to dress up like a mermaid. But some parents at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham say lessons featuring books depicting same-sex relationships are not age-appropriate and the lessons have currently been put on hold.

School LGBT teaching row: what is in the No Outsiders books that sparked protests? | BBC | 1 Apr 2019 Four more Birmingham schools have cancelled LGBT+ lessons over ‘No Outsiders’ row | HuffPost | 22 Mar 2019
Faith and LGBT inclusion | Stonewall | 19 Mar 2019
Parents complain to Manchester schools about LGBT lessons | The Guardian | 19 Mar 2019
Faith should be no barrier to schools teaching respect for LGBT rights | The Guardian | 4 Feb 2019
School defends LGBT lessons after religious parents complain | The Guardian | 31 Jan 2019

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