London’s Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan has written to every headteacher in the capital giving his full support to “LGBT-inclusive” education in schools.
In his letter to the headteachers, the Mayor wrote: “Our schools must be places where all children feel safe and included, regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation, or that of their families.
“Young people should be able to learn about healthy relationships of all kinds, and that includes LGBTQ+ relationships. I am proud to be mayor of a city that embraces differences and celebrates diversity. Bigotry, intolerance and discrimination have no place in London.
“This is why you have my total and full support as you equip students to make safe and informed decisions, show that LGBTQ+ relationships are part of everyday life, and ensure that all young Londoners can feel proud of who they are.”
Khan, who is a big supporter of the LGBT community, has previously spoken out in support of LGBT+ inclusive relationships education and wrote to the education secretary in August to back the lessons.
Demonstrations against LGBT teaching have been taking place outside of Birmingham schools since March, and have even spread around the country.
Parents claim that the teaching is not age appropriate and will encourage children to be gay. Some say the aim of the teaching is to undermine Islam’s strict prohibition of homosexual acts.