Workforce, Pensions and Training

09.03.18

Brighton council introduces ‘#MyPronounsAre’ campaign to allow staff to choose name badges

Brighton & Hove City Council has committed to a new scheme this week which will allow staff to choose which pronoun is used to described them.

The #MyPronounsAre campaign is part of the upcoming Trans Day of Visibility, set for 30 March, and will give each member of staff a range of name badges which can be worn to show others how they would like to be referred to.

It has been developed alongside local LGBT+ community groups, the University of Bristol, Sussex Police and Bristol’s NHS trusts.

Pronouns available include she, he and they, as well as blank options allowing staff to fill in their own choice, and badges which say “please use my name.”

“We all define our own gender and we should respect other people’s identities, and rights,” explained Cllr Emma Daniel, chair of the council’s neighbourhoods, inclusion, communities and equality committee.

“Now there is more freedom and safety to be ourselves. But there’s still more to do. Who a person is may not match what you expect and may not be defined easily. If someone’s pronouns differ from what you assume, it’s for you to adapt and it’s okay to ask.

“We’re proud of being a diverse city, and the council is committed to equality and inclusion for all people including our trans and non-binary residents.”

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