Sandi Toksvig has weighed in on the raging debate over LGBTQ+ lessons in primary schools.
Protesters have been posted outside Anderton Park Primary school for the past seven weeks as they took issue with the school teaching pupils about LGBT relationships.
Toksvig, 61, has been married to Debbie Toksvig since 2004 in a civil partnership ceremony. The couple renewed their vows in 2014 when same sex marriage became legal in the UK.
The Great British Bake Off presenter feels the ongoing debate, which has seen politicians such as Tory leadership hopeful Esther McVey give controversial comments, shows the country hasn’t made as much progress as she’d thought.
She told Metro.co.uk: ‘For a long time it felt like we were making progress, but watching politicians this month debate whether children should be taught about LGBTQ+ relationships shows just how fragile progress is.
‘The logic that it might encourage children to be gay makes no sense – I never opted a single one of my children out of mathematics, and yet they are all thoroughly useless at it.
‘It also assumes that being gay would be a terrible thing.’
The presenter is bringing her one-woman show to Hackney Empire this month with all proceeds from the ticket sales going to the Women’s Equality Party, which she founded in 2015.
‘Lots of people ask me why we called it the Women’s Equality Party – I don’t know, we thought we’d be clear!’ she said.
‘UKIP showed in 2016 that you don’t have to win seats in order to change the course of history, and we wondered if we could do the same but for a much happier purpose.
‘Whenever we stand, we win because we get more women into politics, we push women’s equality to the top of the agenda, and we encourage the other parties to nick our fantastic policies in order to win back votes. It’s a no brainer really.’
And happily, the QI host is more than willing to share some incredible stories from her stellar career and fascinating life, including one involving an American rodeo that we really like the sound of…
An Evening With Sandi Toksvig takes place at Hackney Empire on 27 June.
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