Involve UK said it aims to ‘be a real game changer when it comes to building an inclusive and diverse business’. One of its main features is a list of ‘LGBT + role models’ that employers can draw inspiration from, which celebrates Stonewall 25 times in a brilliant light.
Mr Davie told staff that “the BBC cannot be impartial when reporting on public policy debates where Stonewall plays an active campaign role,” which led to an angry Zoom appeal where the head of BBC news told staff to “get used to” hearing different points of view.
However, activists accused the broadcaster of “Stonewall in everything but name”, while a senior Conservative MP told the BBC he “should know” that “far left organizations are covering up intentions”.
Advice on the use of honorary titles
Involve UK’s policy papers make many contributions to trans debates. This includes examining honors – of which common examples are Mr. and Mrs. – and advocating for self-identified gender, a position shared by Stonewall who feminists say relegates biological sex to insignificance and distorts human rights. statistics.
The One Involve UK guide, titled Championing a Trans-inclusive Workplace, said: âReview your application and recruitment processes; what honorary titles are available on the nominations? How are job descriptions written? In your employee surveys, is there a free text option for people to identify with? “
The guide added, âAnother important question to ask is how do you engage with clients and customers? Can they identify themselves? What honorary titles are in place when they sign up for services or use your products? “
Meanwhile, Involve UK’s list of role models celebrates executives for working with Stonewall, celebrates high positions in the controversial Stonewall Workplace Equality Index ranking the BBC left, and congratulates people to be Stonewall Ambassadors.
Involve UK also provides advice to workplaces on ‘active alliance’, ‘active cultural advocacy’ including micro-aggression, systemic racism and white privilege, and urges employees to ‘call out’ language which is not considered sufficiently âinclusiveâ.
From the pan to the fire?
Maya Forstater, co-founder of the Sex Matters campaign group, stressed that such training should reflect the Equality Act 2010, which protects biological sex by law but not gender identity.
She said: “The BBC should beware of signing up for another irresponsible program, which could turn out to be Stonewall other than his name.”
Kate Harris, co-founder of the Stonewall LGB Alliance separatist group, said: âOur concern is that the BBC does not jump out of the frying pan into the fire. Involve UK takes an equally controversial approach to LGBT issues as Stonewall. “
She added: “Will Involve UK defend the right of lesbians to define themselves as adult women attracted to the same sex or not?”
“For the sake of the BBC, its reputation and its audience, it needs to be open about the exact nature of the relationship and how it will maintain its editorial independence.”