Citizens Advice row over suggestion staff should wear trans-friendly badges stating their pronouns

Citizens Advice row over suggestion staff should wear trans-friendly badges stating their pronouns

  • Dame Clare Moriarty told workers ‘we shouldn’t assume someone’s gender based on appearance’
  • Moriarty wrote: ‘You can help to normalise sharing pronouns by sharing yours’ 
  • One worker said many are unhappy with this kind of ideological instruction

Citizens Advice staff have reacted with anger after its chief executive suggested they wear trans-friendly badges displaying their pronouns.

Ex-Whitehall mandarin Dame Clare Moriarty told workers ‘we shouldn’t assume someone’s gender based on appearance’.

In a message seen by the Daily Telegraph, she wrote: ‘You can help to normalise sharing pronouns by sharing yours.’

Ex-Whitehall mandarin Dame Clare Moriarty (pictured) told workers ‘we shouldn’t assume someone’s gender based on appearance’

Ex-Whitehall mandarin Dame Clare Moriarty (pictured) told workers ‘we shouldn’t assume someone’s gender based on appearance’

Badges include gender-neutral ‘Ze/Zir/Zirs’ or ‘Ey/Em/Eirs’. They are not compulsory, but one worker said many ‘are deeply unhappy with this kind of ideological instruction’. Dame Clare said: ‘We want a service where everyone is comfortable coming to us for help, and a workplace where everyone belongs.’

One worker at the charity said: ‘I know many who are unhappy with this kind of ideological instruction, especially at a time of economic crisis for our clients, which is what ought to be the priority for Citizens Advice.’ 

Dame Clare added: ‘Citizens Advice is clear about its trans-inclusive position because trans and non-binary communities often experience significant prejudice and harm.’ 

Citizens Advice was contacted for comment. 

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