M&S gives staff pronoun badges so customers know how to address them

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MARKS and Spencer has given staff pronoun badges so customers know how to address them as part of a diversity and inclusivity initiative.

As part of the new initiative, the new name tags will now include the person’s name and their chosen pronouns. The staff can put

He said they have already “helped start some very necessary conversations around gender identity and non-binary experiences”.

Mr Parke tweeted: “Happy #InternationalPronounsDay!

“I’m so grateful that Marks and Spencer actively encourages us to share our pronouns at work, whether on our name badge or in our email signatures.

“We introduced these new badges a few months ago (a brilliant idea from a colleague that was then implemented by Clea Thompson and our LGBTQ+ Network) and they’ve already helped start some very necessary conversations around gender identity and non-binary experiences!”

Sasha Misra, associate director of communications and campaigns at Stonewall, told The Sun: “Having pronouns on badges is a simple yet impactful way to make sure LGBTQ+ identities are respected — for employees and customers alike.”

In June this year, teachers were told to drop the terms “boys” and “girls” in schools in a bid to become more gender-neutral.

The LGBTQ+ charity, Stonewall, urged teachers to stop using all gendered language and gendered uniforms in a new series of guidance documents.

They also called for children to compete against the opposite sex in PE classes.

Their new guidance suggested uniform policies should “give the option to wear a skirt as well as the option to wear trousers”.

One of Stonewall’s guides said its work in primary schools was funded by the Government Equalities Office.

Stonewall also said staff should: “Avoid dividing learners by gender, whether in the classroom (you could divide them by their favourite colour, month of birth or something else) or through uniform, sports activities or other aspects of school life.”

Another piece of the guidance suggested trans pupils should be able to use the toilets, changing rooms, and dorms on school trips that they feel most comfortable in.

Staff were told they should check their policies and get rid of any “unnecessarily gendered language” and instead of using the ‘he/she’ pronouns use ‘they’ instead.

Stonewall urged primary schools to teach children to use ‘they/them’ as a pronoun.

Tanya Carter, a spokesman for the parents and teachers campaign group Safe Schools Alliance UK, said: “It is shocking that cash-strapped schools are paying for misinformation from Stonewall that undermines basic safeguarding.”

She argued sport should be “separated by sex for reasons of safety and fairness”.

Ms Carter said: “Single-sex sports are important to girls for reasons of privacy and dignity.

“This is necessary to increase girls’ participation.

“Girls participation in sports is essential to both physical and mental health.”

Her comments came following a recent Ofsted report that found sexual harassment was prevalent in schools.

A spokesman for Stonewall defended their new guidance and said they are “very proud” of their work “supporting schools to create supportive and inclusive environments which help everyone feel accepted for who they are”.

Source – M&S gives staff pronoun badges so customers know how to address them | UK | News | Express.co.uk

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