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UK NewsLGBT school row: GoFundMe removes anti-LGBT lessons campaign page after it raised £9,500

15:05  11 september  2019
15:05  11 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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It has raised £ 9 , 500 against a target of £ 30,000. In May, half the school ’s pupils were withdrawn in protest over the teaching of LGBT -inclusive material. In June, GoFundMe took down disgraced Australian Rugby star Israel Folau’s page on the grounds that his campaign to raise funds to fight his

The crowdfunding website GoFundMe has removed a page launched by Shakeel Afsar, one of the leaders of the Birmingham protests against LGBT -inclusive Before its removal the crowdfund had raised £ 9 , 500 against a target of £ 30,000, but the site has not indicated what will happen to the money.

LGBT school row: GoFundMe removes anti-LGBT lessons campaign page after it raised £9,500 © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

A crowdfunding page set up by a group of anti-LGBTQ education protesters has been shut down after it raised more than £9,500.

The GoFundMe page, reportedly set up in June, hoped to raise funds to challenge an injunction preventing the group from protesting about LGBT-inclusive education and the teaching of same-sex relationships at Anderton Park Primary school in Birmingham.

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GoFundMe said it removed the page for violating its terms of service. It had raised more than £9,500 since being set up, The Guardian reported.

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'Promoting harmful, homophobic views'

The page had been set up by Shakeel Afsar after the High Court imposed an injunction on the anti-LGBT protesters. Anderton Park Primary school had in recent months become a focal point for a string of protests outside schools in Birmingham and Nottingham.

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[quote]The crowdfunding website GoFundMe has taken down a page launched in June by campaigners against LGBT education in schools . There had been no response until GoFundMe was contacted for comment by the Guardian on Tuesday morning. [quote]The website took the page

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The Court ruled in favour of Birmingham City Council, stating there would be an exclusion zone marked outside of Anderton Primary school to prevent further protests in the next academic year.

Protesters had staged weeks of demonstrations against lessons about gay relationships and LGBT rights at Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham (Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Members of Humanists UK asked GoFundMe to remove the crowdfunding page after they spotted it in July.

The group, which campaigns for human rights and equality, said Mr Afsar was "promoting harmful, homophobic views" with the page.

Humanists UK said it was delighted by the news the page had been removed, and tweeted: "We've struck this blow against organised homophobes, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure every child gets the comrehensive, age-appropriate education on relationships issues to which they are entitled."

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Hundreds of children withdrawn from Parkfield community school for day.

Mr Afsar said accusations of homophobia were "false" and "a real defamation of my character", BBC News reported.

Education Campaigns Manager Dr Ruth Wareham told i: "We're delighted GoFundMe has removed the page, though we regret that they did not do this until we resorted to the media, some two months after our first complaint to them. It's disappointing that the protesters have probably received the money they raised in the interim."

GoFundMe did not respond to Humanists UK's claim that it took months to address the issue, but said in a statement: "We have removed this page as it violates our terms of service."

How did the protests begin?

After assistant Headteacher of Birmingham's Parkfield Primary school, Andrew Moffatt, implemented the No Outsiders programme as part of its LGBT-inclusive education scheme, which included texts such as King & King, parents of pupils at the school demanded the programme be stopped.

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, 500 raised . Seattle, WA. Other sites refund money raised if it doesn't meet the goal. Not on GoFundMe . The GoFundMe app makes it simple to launch and manage your campaign on the go.

Its ethos is to promote LGBT equality and challenge homophobia in primary schools . However, following the inclusion of the programme in the curriculum, Moffat, who is gay , faced angry protests by parents, who gathered outside the school gates, while others removed their children from the school .

When the school told the parents the educational programme would still be taught, protests broke out outside the school gates, with some parents removing their children from the school.

Hordes of protesters, including Mr Afsar - who does not have a child at the school - mobilised more anti-LGBTQ protesters over the ensuing months, including Evangelical Christians related to anti-LGBTQ group Christian Concern.

Shakeel Afsar joins protestors (Photo credit: Jacob King/PA Wire)

Former education secretary Damian Hinds slammed the protests, calling them "unacceptable," but was criticised for not quelling the demonstrations quickly enough.

Parents have since been putting pressure on education secretary Gavin Williamson to ensure the protests do not happen again.

President of the LGBT Mummies Tribe group, Laura-Rose Thorogood, is asking the government to take a firm stand against the demonstrators.

Ms Thorogood told i: “Before I even realised I was a lesbian, I was excluded from my Catholic school because I was the child of a single parent. That discrimination has the power to damage a child’s life beyond the confines of the school gates.

“We need more conversations about families like us, the change going forward is right. We can’t expect pockets of society to be left out because it doesn’t deal with the dissenter’s terms,” she added.

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