GoFundMe closes crowdfunding page for anti-LGBT protesters

The page was set up by people campaigning against teaching about LGBT relationships at Anderton Park School in Moseley

Protesters outside Anderton Park School (Photograph: Steven May/Alamy)
Protesters outside Anderton Park School (Photograph: Steven May/Alamy)

The fundraising platform GoFundMe has removed a crowdfunding page for a group of Birmingham-based anti-LGBT protesters.

Campaigners began gathering outside Anderton Park School in Moseley in May to demonstrate against the school’s "no outsiders" policy, which requires teaching about LGBT relationships to be included in relationship lessons.

In June, a High Court injunction banned protesters from carrying out demonstrations outside the school gates, after accusations were made of intimidating and aggressive behaviour and routes into school.

The GoFundMe page was set up to challenge the injunction and is thought to have raised about £10,000 before it was removed today.

The website’s terms of service say users must not use the platform to create campaigns that GoFundMe deems "to be in support of or for the legal defence of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity or serious disabilities or diseases".

The charity Humanists UK has campaigned for the past two months for the page to be taken down.

Ruth Wareham, education campaigns manager at Humanists UK, said: "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."

In June the platform shut down a fundraising page set up to raise money in support of an appeal by the Australian rugby player Israel Folau against his sacking for making homophobic comments.

Third Sector was unable to contact the protesters for comment and GoFundMe did not respond to request for comment in time for Third Sector’s deadline.

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