Stonewall tries to ban word ‘mother’

Jun 5, 2021 by

by Tom Pyman, Mailonline:

Hundreds of organisations wanting to be included on Stonewall’s equality leaderboard should replace the term ‘mother’ with ‘parent who has given birth’, the LGBT charity has said.

The controversial group has issued various guidance to employers wanting to make the cut on its Workplace Equality Index, which has attracted more than 500 applications in the last year.

A number of government departments, such as the Home Office, the Department for International Trade and the Ministry of Justice – ranked as high as fifth – feature on the list, as well as the likes of MI6 and the British Army.

Stonewall says featuring on the Workplace Equality Index allows employers to understand their employees’ experiences and shows commitment to LGBT equality.

Those achieving a coveted Top 100 spot, are then able to use the Top 100 Employers logo to promote their achievement.

The guidance includes urging employers to add gender pronouns to email signatures, outlawing single sex toilets and changing rooms, and running a rainbow laces campaign, the Telegraph reports.

Its latest advice, to ban the word ‘mother’ has sparked a backlash, however, with campaigners calling for an inquiry into how the group has had such an influence on Whitehall.

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