National Trust faces a new political correctness row as it asks volunteers to disclose their gender and sexuality

Sep 13, 2017 by

by Tom Kelly and Alex Ward, Mailonline:

The National Trust was at the centre of a new political correctness row last night after asking volunteers to disclose their sexual and gender orientation.

In an online survey, the charity is asking them to reveal their ‘gender identity’, giving them the choice of ‘male, female, trans, non-binary or intersex’.

The survey, sent to all of the Trust’s 65,000 volunteers, then asks them: ‘Is your gender identity the same as the gender you were assigned at birth?’

It also asks them to identify whether they are gay, bisexual, lesbian or straight.

The Trust last night insisted that the survey was voluntary and completely anonymous – and that volunteers were given the option of ‘preferring not to say’.

However, some volunteers and critics labelled the study ‘intrusive’ and ‘completely unnecessary’, and warned that it risked alienating many of the Trust’s core supporters.

It comes weeks after the charity sparked fury by forcing volunteers at one of its properties, Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, to wear gay pride badges. The Trust was also criticised for ‘outing’ Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer – the late writer who gave Felbrigg Hall to the Trust in 1969 – as gay.

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