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Gay drama teacher posts epic response to mother who removed her kids over his ‘lifestyle’

Nick Duffy November 20, 2015

A drama teacher has posted the fantastic response he sent a parent who pulled her kids out of his class because he is gay.

Kidderminster-based teacher Michael Neri, 26, set up the Home of Talking Props Theatre School in 2014.

He has taught dozens of kids – but when one mother found out he is gay, she attacked his “lifestyle” and demanded he return her deposit.

In a text message, the mother – who Michael has not named – wrote: “Following our chat this week I have decided that [child] and [child] will not be attending class on Monday.
“You have a strong reputation for performing arts which encouraged me to sign my children up for classes.

“I have recently learned of your lifestyle and as a Christian I cannot allow my children to be influenced by unconventional ideas. It is our belief that a man should marry a woman.

“I look forward to receiving my deposit which you may post to me via check.”


Faced with the demand for a refund simply because he is gay, Michael dialled it up a notch – and sent this fantastic reply.

He wrote: “I would be lying if I said I was disappointed to hear this. I pride my students on the respect and love they have for others and their passion for equality. You would only be infringing on our family.

“As far as I’m aware, my sexuality doesn’t affect my ability to teach, just like it wouldn’t affect a doctor’s ability to treat one of your children should they become unwell.

“I’m sure your children’s health would come first should they need emergency treatment, or would you need to check their doctor’s lifestyle prior to their life-saving operation?

“I wish you luck in finding an appropriate stage school that meets your needs, however from experience I find that theatre without gays is like cooking without spices.”

He added: “I hear StageCoach are enrolling but their teachers have been known to wear mixed fabrics which I’m sure you are aware is forbidden in the Bible (Leviticus 19:19).

“Please feel free to come see our musical ‘Happy Days’, confetti will be used in the finale but please rest assured this is not an attempt to corrupt your Christian lifestyle. We just love glitter

“Unfortunately deposits are non refundable but don’t worry, your deposit has been donated to Stonewall, an LGBT charity.

“Regards, Michael.”

He told the Metro: “I didn’t want to upset anyone, but I needed to protect myself and my organisation, so I thought I would reply in a polite manner.

“If the mother changes her mind then her children are more than welcome to attend classes here – I certainly don’t blame them for the way their mother thinks.”

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