An assistant teacher in Birmingham, England has resigned from his job after parents complained to the school that he is gay.
Andrew Moffat is the author of a book about tackling homophobia in primary school settings. He recently came out during a school assembly and soon faced backlash from religious parents, who said they didn’t want their children to be taught that it’s okay to be gay. As a result, he resigned in December and will be leaving this month.
“I did come out at school in an assembly after a group of 11-year-olds held up a poster they made, with the heading ‘Gay is good’. It seemed like the right time to let the children know that they knew a gay person.
“Following my coming out, some parents from different communities complained to the school, but I maintain that my decision was the right one at that time,” he said.
It is so infuriating when parents can’t see past their own bigotry long enough to realize that they’re actually hurting their children in the long run. Makes my head ache.