Seminar on Sexual Politics and Disability `Is Work of Loony Left'

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Seminar on Sexual Politics and Disability `Is Work of Loony Left'


A seminar on the sexual politics of disability planned by Birmingham City Council was condemned as loony left political correctness last night.

But the event was defended by the city's equalities experts as a way of ensuring the council talks to local people about "key issues".

The free lunchtime seminar - entitled Disability and Sexuality - will be staged on June 29 by the authority's equalities division and includes a light vegetarian lunch for those who attend.

The last in a series of four talks for the disabled organised by the division, it promises to explore "issues for disabled people around sexuality and sexual politics".

Publicity material for the seminar says speaker Mr Dominic Davies, an author and lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at Nottingham Trent University, identifies himself as a disabled, gay white man.

The event was attacked by Coun John Alden (Con Harborne), deputy leader of Birmingham's opposition Tories, as a disgrace.

He said: "The Labour council is going over the top in probing people's sexuality. I don't think that has anything to do with the council.

"They are overstepping the mark in terms of what most members of the public would expect from the city council."

Coun Alden said most people would prefer to see the council concentrate on providing toilets for the disabled and repairing potholes and pavement problems.

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