Council staff on adventure in ‘Lesbianandgayland’

Taxpayers are footing the bill for council officials to go on a “diversity” course which encourages participants to go on an “adventure in Lesbianandgayland”.

The programme, which has been attended by Brighton and Hove City Council officials, involves imagining a world where it is normal to be homosexual.

The Daily Mail reports more than 30 managers from the Council have been on the two-day “Leading on Diversity” course, at a cost of several thousand pounds to the taxpayer.

Action

The course is run by training consultancy company Aziz Associates which is headed by Razia Aziz.

Other clients of the company include health trusts, local councils and Government departments.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “At a cost that is low by any comparison, our training role-plays are proven to do what they are supposed to do, which is to reduce inappropriate discrimination based on race, faith, disability, gender, sexuality or age.”

Discrimination

In 2007 Brighton and Hove City Council withdrew thousands of pounds of funding from a care home for elderly Christians because of its religious beliefs on homosexuality.

Pilgrim Homes, the 200-year-old Christian charity that runs the home and others around the country, sued the council for religious discrimination, with the assistance of The Christian Institute’s Legal Defence Fund.

But the Council backed down and promised to restore the £13,000 funding, used to support a warden, which it pulled after accusing the care home of “institutionalised homophobia”.

Undermine

The Council wanted the care home to ask its elderly Christian residents about their sexual orientation every three months, use images of homosexuals in its promotional literature and show a Stonewall presentation on ‘gay rights’ to staff.

Managers at the care home explained that to comply with the demands would unduly distress the elderly residents and undermine the home’s Christian ethos.

Watch a Meridian News report on the Pilgrim Homes story

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