Haringey Council has unanimously passed a motion declaring its support for an inclusive curriculum and stating it is prepared to obtain injunctions to block anti-LGBT protesters if needed.
The move comes after religious activists have been campaigning against new sex and relationships education rules which make sure children are taught about LGBTQ+ people in primary school.
This has triggered anger in some religious communities, most prominently in Birmingham - where two schools have seen protests for much of 2019.
Cllr Luke Cawley-Harrison (Crouch End, Lib Dem) proposed the motion. He said: "I don't want my daughter to grow up in a world where relationship education leaves her questioning her family unit because her school is unwilling to teach about same-sex couples. Or a world where she is fearful for her own safety, not just because of her own identity, but because of mine."
Cllr Zena Brabazon (Harringay, Lab) backed the motion saying: "It's fitting we are discussing this because Alan Turing will be the face on our £50 notes."
She also recalled Haringey's fight against section 28, referring to the so-called "Haringey experiment", adding: "Our schools have a very proud tradition of educating young people inclusively."
Niranjan Kamatkar, the artistic director of Haringey LGBTQ+ charity Wise Thoughts praised the decision.
He said: "We welcome the council's stance on promoting diversity and community cohesion by working with local schools. It is important that children in schools need to feel safe and young LGBTQI+ people feel included to ensure best education practices."
(Adapted from an article in the Ham & High)
This is great news!! Hooray!
Thank you Haringey for having the sense and strength to pursue inclusive education for all and to keep (all types of religion's) hands off our treasured modern, science-backed education!
protesting outside schools against LGBT education is not something i would support. Governments, pressure groups and local councils will do what they do but freedom of choice and liberty of conscience as long as it is legal should be respected. It seems like this situation is heading towards more conflict as what will happen and what should be done when some of these children challenge this education because of their faith beliefs or even none religious beliefs taught by their parents at home.