Stonewall backs down and “allows” the use of the word mother
After losing agreements with some large companies, including the Health Service and the BBC - and therefore a lot of money - the largest British LGBTQ+ organization moderately updates its guidelines for "inclusivity": it will no longer be required to use terms as "pregnant person" or "person who has given birth" instead of mother. Change of course = no-bankruptcy

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Stonewall has abandoned legislation advising workplace equality organizations to remove the word “mother” from their policies.

The lobby announced that will no longer reward higher ranking scores employers who would have adopted gender-neutral alternatives and started using “mother”.

Nancy Kelley, the chief executive of Stonewall, he denied in an interview that such a course of action existed. “We are not interested in removing or erasing the word "mother" he said. Kelley, who has two adopted children with his wife, added: “I'm a mom. I'm married to another mom. It is a deeply emotional term. And I would be really upset if my kids didn't call me mom."

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“Our guidance for the Workplace Equality Index should suggest a number of different options to make the guide inclusive of all the different ways our families form” the Stonewall official said. “There is no need to remove terms like “mother” to achieve this result."

The lobby is now under intense pressure after hundreds of documents they demonstrated that his systems encouraged the organizations to rewrite their policies in exchange for points on the workplace equality index, index that claims to rank the most LGBT-friendly employers in the country.

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There Dundee University has confirmed yesterday's having replaced “mother” and “father” with gender-neutral alternatives after Stonewaal's negative feedback on his application for the index.

To explain the fact that the university scored only five out of 15 points in its guidelines, Stonewall wrote: “We recommend removing the terms mother and father from your guidelines. . . we recommend using the gender neutrality in the guidelines."

Stonewall explained that the feedback given to the university was now outdated. “This is an old document,” a representative said. “They are no longer the guidelines we provide.” The university confirmed it had changed its terms following advice received from Stonewall.

An investigation of The Times of this year revealed that Stonewall suggested Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust to “using terms like “pregnant employee” or “birth parent” instead of mother.”

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Council, in south Wales, told index evaluators to have changed all of his guidelines on maternity leave, adoption and surrogacy to “avoid gender pronouns”.

Also the Scottish Government, on Stonewall board, has deleted the word "mother" from its lines of conduct.

Lucy Bannerman – The Times 20-11-2021

original article here

Translation Laura De Barbieri


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