Tackle church homophobia

30th June 2006 at 01:00
So the Association of Christian Teachers thinks that faith schools "should not, and cannot, be required by law to show mutual respect to individuals or organisations whose beliefs or lifestyles are anathema" ("Church bids for sexual freedom", TES, June 16).

The fact is: they already are! As a gay teacher, I have the legal right to go to work without experiencing homophobia.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans teenagers are not so lucky. They experience merciless bullying and desperate isolation. Thanks to the stigmatisation of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people) identities - often religiously inspired - many are unable to get support and are six times more likely to attempt suicide.

How dare the ACT play the human rights card? A child's right to safety and respect comes before a bigot's right to abuse in the name of God.

Let us hope the Government truly believes that Every Child Matters, and includes all schools in the forthcoming legislation.

Nigel Tart Schools Out www.schools-out.org.uk

105a Albion Hill Brighton

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