A COUNCIL which gave staff ‘gender ID badges’ to show whether they preferred to be called ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘their’ has widened the scheme to the public.
Brighton and Hove council launched badges for workers which read ‘My Pronouns are’, followed by the three options — or a blank space to fill in their own choice of self-description.
Now the tags are available to residents as part of the #MyPronounsAre campaign to raise awareness of trans and non-binary people.
Tessa Marshall, the University of Brighton’s equalities engagement adviser, said the university will hand out the badges to students after Easter.
‘Not making assumptions and taking the responsibility to find out how someone should be addressed benefits us all and is integral to supporting and respecting our colleagues, students and visitors,’ she said.
The council said its scheme was also timed to mark the global Trans Day of Visibility on Saturday.
Brighton councillor Emma Daniel said: ‘We all define our own gender and we should respect other people’s identities, and rights. 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 ok to ask.
‘We’re proud of being a diverse city, and the council is committed to equality and inclusion for all people. Read the badge, respect people; it’s that easy.’
The move follows the example set last year by HSBC bank, which introduced 10 gender-neutral titles for trans and non-binary customers, allowing them to choose between Mx, Ind, M, Mre, Msr, Myr, Pr, Sai, Ser or Misc.