A Muslim councillor has been formally reported to Birmingham City Council's Standards Committee for endorsing 'homophobic views'.
Councillor Mohammed Idrees, the Labour member for Alum Rock, said that children at Parkfield Community School in Saltley were 'too young' to be taught about homosexuality.
The councillor made the comment in support of Muslim parents who have opposed the primary school’s teaching of the No Outsiders programme, an initiative aimed at raising awareness and improving acceptance and tolerance of different communities of people within society, including LGBTs.
Councillor Idrees has since apologised for his remark. In a statement, he said: "I overstepped the mark in my efforts to state the views of some of the parents, but I fully support Birmingham City Council's policies in relation to LGBT issues. I got it wrong and have already apologised to the leader of the council and to the chief whip this morning (Monday, January 28).
"No Outsiders is a programme that has clearly upset some parents - with some threatening to take their children out of school. That is clearly something we all want to avoid, and I want to work with both the school and the parents to help us reach a better understanding.
"I have never had a problem with the LGBT community, and I am proud that Birmingham is an inclusive and tolerant city, and there is no place here for homophobia or any other form of discrimination.
"The best way to reach an understanding on this issue is to talk, and I'm determined to work with both the school and the parents on this.”
The formal complaint about Councillor Idrees was made to the council’s Standards Committee by Councillor Gareth Moore (Cons, Erdington), who is openly gay.
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