I am a queer disabled human rights activist who works (separately) on issues relating to disability and also on consenting adults and sexual rights.
I have over a decade experience in the UK Disabled people's movement as a campaigner, musician, protestor and occasional advocate, writer and artist - I've also done a few bits of international work too. I am a member Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People. More often though, I am involved in protest groups such as DPAC Disabled People Against Cuts http://www.dpac.uk.net/ and DAN the UK Disabled people's Direct Action Network (DAN) which specialises in non-violent civil disobedience style protests. (Join DAN's discussion group by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org )
My special interests on disability matters are disability bioethics, arts propaganda, campaign work and generally building our power and pride by getting people to join in with fighting back when we are under attack. For further understanding of what disability rights are all about, I recommend this Declaration as a starting point: The Right To Live and Be Different - Disabled People International http://www.independentliving.org/docs1/dpi022000.html .
C.A.A.N. has been going over two years now and has grown into a large network which mobilises as required. We are still campaigning, have released a book about discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and are linking people with support needs to advocates.I recently received an award "Erotic Campaigner of the Year" for my work as National Convener in Consenting Adult Action Network ( www.caan.org.uk ). I also make occasional comment on gender issues as they relate to me.