Last updated on October 16th, 2023 at 08:52 am
Glawdys Leger, a Christian teacher, is facing the possibility of losing her career after refusing to teach what she refers to as “extreme LGBT ideology” at a Church of England secondary school. Leger claims that she was terminated from her position at Bishop Justus CofE School in Bromley, south London, due to her refusal to teach LGBT lessons that she considered to be politically biased and extreme. She expressed her belief to students that God recognizes humans as male and female and that supporting LGBT lifestyles is sinful. Leger was reported to the Teaching Regulation Agency by the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust, who were uncertain if she would continue to share her views with students.
Leger argues that materials used for religious education lessons, titled “Who Am I,” introduced students as young as 11 to concepts such as pansexuality, asexuality, and transgender identities. According to Leger, presentation slides suggested that students should defend and promote all “protected characteristics,” including gender identities, which she believes is misleading and partisan. Leger claims that parents who enrolled their children in a Christian school were deceived by the inclusion of these lessons. She aimed to provide a different perspective by teaching the Christian view on LGBT topics, as she believed students were only exposed to a one-sided narrative.
One parent filed a complaint against Leger, alleging that she had made statements such as “being LGBTQ+ is a sin” and “transgender people are just confused.” Leger, however, denies making statements such as “God will love you if you are not LGBTQ+.” She was dismissed from her position after an investigation and disciplinary hearing, and the Teaching Regulation Agency launched a case against her.
Leger emphasizes her compassion for the LGBTQ community, especially those facing gender dysphoria. However, she states that she cannot teach or express views that contradict her faith, such as endorsing same-sex sexual relationships or affirming gender dysphoria. Leger maintains that she has never shown any hatred or lack of love towards LGBTQ individuals.