Parliament equalities training official ‘used homophobic slur about lesbians’


A PARLIAMENT equalities training official used a homophobic slur about lesbians, it is claimed.

She was said to have used the word “dykey” to refer to lesbians in Dr Martens.

A training official used a homophobic slur about lesbians during an anti-discrimination seminar, it is claimed

It came during a seminar for MPs on sexist, homophobic and racist attitudes.

One MP said she told the session: “You have to think about how others perceive you.

“Sometimes you can intimidate people without knowing it. Just the way you look can be quite intimidating. For example, I often walk down the street in Dr Martens wearing a hoodie and can look a bit dykey.”

Another MP there said: “We were left speechless. We’re being asked to attend these lectures on how to become woke and then the woman leading the session uses the word ‘dykey’.”

All MPs are obliged to attend the sessions. Parliament paid private company Challenge Consultancy to carry out the Unconscious Bias training, The Mail on Sunday reported. It has already trained BBC staff and Bafta and Oscar judges.

A House of Commons spokesman said the company was “a well-established firm with many years of experience in offering diversity and inclusion training”.

Challenge did not respond to a request for comment.

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