Hate Crime: Homophobic and Misogynistic Attacks Debate

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Hate Crime: Homophobic and Misogynistic Attacks

Baroness Corston Excerpts
Tuesday 11th June 2019

(1 year, 11 months ago)

Lords Chamber

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Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford
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I acknowledge the work done by the Church of England in this area. I thank the right reverend Prelate for reminding me of the pastoral principles. The Church of England has been quite effective in its support for our trans community by actively dispelling some of the prejudices towards its members. He is right that the seeds are sown at a very young age. Relationship education is, therefore, very important to dispel those notions early on.

Baroness Corston Portrait Baroness Corston (Lab)
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My Lords, I cannot be the only Member of your Lordships’ House who thinks that Section 28 poured pure poison into the lifeblood of this country. Will the Minister join me and express from the Dispatch Box her support for Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, the head teacher of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham, who has bravely resisted a homophobic—what would one call it?

A mob.

Baroness Corston Portrait Baroness Corston
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A homophobic mob is protesting against some teaching in the school. As I understand it, these children are being taught about relationships; that some children have two mummies and some have two daddies. That is all it is, and if people do not like it, that is the way the modern world is.

Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford
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I was alluding to that very thing when I answered the right reverend Prelate. The noble Baroness is absolutely right and I am glad that she raised this. I have the utmost admiration and every sympathy for Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, who has had to face abuse. Children of four years of age are not taught about gay sex. They are taught about relationships and that relationships can look different in different households. That is what breeds the tolerance which I was addressing in my answer to the right reverend Prelate.