Labour MP Roger Godsiff: Five year olds ‘too young’ to learn gay parents exist
Birmingham Labour MP Roger Godsiff has said that five year olds are too young to learn that some families have same-sex parents.
The MP represents the Birmingham Hall Green constituency including Anderton Park Primary School, which has faced weeks of protests from a group opposed to teaching about LGBT+ people.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail on Tuesday (May 21), Godsiff said that following conversations with protesters and teachers, he believes material about same-sex families is inappropriate for younger students.
He cited picture book My Chacha is Gay, which is about a Pakistani boy who has a gay uncle.
Roger Godsiff says teaching about gay families is not ‘age appropriate’
The MP, who has not visited the school since the protests began, said: “Having looked at what has been presented to me and hearing what the headteacher said, I was concerned about some of the things that came out [of those discussions].
“I have seen the cover of some of the books… I understand why parents have concerns.”
“I have concerns about the age appropriateness of children of four and five being introduced to these ideas.”
— Roger Godsiff
Godsiff continued: “I have concerns about the age appropriateness of children of four and five being introduced to these ideas.
“As a parent wrote, some are just out of nappies. I think it is more appropriate at age seven, or six.”
The MP said he was not concerned about children learning about people with disabilities or other protected characteristics because “young children know and see this around them.”
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