Fundraising page by anti-LGBT education protesters is taken down

A fundraising page which aimed to provide funds to anti-LGBT teaching protesters has been taken down as it "violates terms of service".

The crowdfunder was set up to raise money for campaigners subject to a High Court injunction banning them from demonstrating outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham.

The charity Humanists UK said it had complained to GoFundMe two months ago, saying the page violated the site's rules as it was "in defence of... alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination... religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity...".

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Anderton Park's headteacher, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, welcomed a judge's ruling in June which continues to ban protests from an exclusion zone surrounding the school.

Birmingham City Council's legal action followed weeks of demonstrations outside the school against the teaching of certain aspects of relationship education.

Now the crowdfunding site GoFundMe has handed protesters a further setback after taking down the page, which was set up by one of the main campaigners, Shakeel Afsar.

The charity's Education Campaigns manager Dr Ruth Wareham said: "We're delighted GoFundMe has removed the page, though we regret that they did not do this until we resorted to the media, some two months after our first complaint to them.

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A GoFundMe spokeswoman said: "We have removed this page as it violates our terms of service."

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