BBC advises staff to sign off emails with gender pronouns

Friday, July 10, 2020

The BBC has encouraged its staff to specify their preferred pronouns in order to make transgender and non-binary colleagues feel more welcome.

According to the Times, advice posted on the broadcaster’s intranet suggested stating pronouns such as “she/her”, “he/him” or “they/them” at the end of emails.

The notice told workers it was a “small, proactive step that we can all take to help create a more inclusive workplace”.

A BBC spokeswoman told the newspaper: “The BBC isn’t requiring anyone to do anything; there is simply a staff article on our intranet that talks about gender identity at work and the use of pronouns. This topic is a live issue in many workplaces.”

WATCH: Kate Hoey disagrees with the BBC's advice

Journalist Benjamin Butterworth welcomed the move, telling talkRADIO's Ian Collins: "I think what the BBC has suggested is a good idea because it simply fosters a healthier work environment for the people it affects."

However, former Labour MP Kate Hoey has urged young people to “rebel” against it.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, she said: “It is actually serious the way now we are being pushed and pushed and programmed into behaving in a certain way.

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