MP Roger Godsiff admits he did not read LGBT books he criticized

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Labour MP Roger Godsiff has admitted he didn’t bother to read LGBT+ children’s books before publicly slamming them and saying that children in primary schools were too small to know about the issues described in these books. He cited picture book My Chacha is Gay, which is about a Pakistani boy who has a gay uncle, and My Princess Boy, about a boy who likes to wear princess dresses. The MP, who also voted against equal marriage, said parents were worried about “children coming home with books and such like,” citing My Chacha is Gay. Asked about the book, Godsiff replied: “I don’t know, I’ve only seen the front page”. Elsewhere in the interview, the MP insisted that he was not against LGBT-inclusive education itself, but believes it should begin from the age of 11. The MP also said: “I have a three year old grandson, and if he was hit with the nine characteristics [of the Equality Act] being put in front of him, he would probably wonder what was going on.”

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