BBC staff told there are more than 150 genders in diversity training sessions

BBC staff have been told there are more than 150 genders and to develop their “trans brand” by declaring their pronouns on email signoffs.

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According to the Telegraph, BBC staff had numerous diversity training sessions in the summer and autumn of last year. 

During the sessions, staff were shown an array of gender-neutral pronouns they should use including “xe, xem, xyrs”, and were told: “People can self-identify themselves in over 150 ways, and increasing!”

Staff were told they should include their pronouns in email signature boxes to be “part of your Trans Brand” as an “inclusive and welcoming… brilliant show of ally support”.

The Global Butterflies trainer told staff that “he/she” pronouns “can create “discomfort, stress and anxiety” for gender non-conforming people and “it has been shown that in young trans people, using correct pronouns and names reduces depression”. 

The diversity training, at least five sessions of which were held, warned: “If you overhear a colleague using the incorrect pronouns for someone, take them aside and remind them of the correct pronouns.”

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