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Fundraising page by anti-LGBT education protesters is taken down

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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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"It's disappointing that the protesters have probably received the money they raised in the interim.

"This homophobic crowdfunder was in support of protesters who have been holding disruptive and intimidating rallies that have absolutely no place near a school.

"There is strong evidence that the protesters involved in these demonstrations have been uttering outrageous homophobic slurs and even calling members of school staff paedophiles, which surely was in breach of GoFundMe's terms."

– Dr Ruth Wareham

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

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