Last month, the controversial group advised hundreds of companies who want to be included on their equality leaderboard to replace the term ‘mother’ with ‘parent who has given birth’.
Stonewall also provided guidance telling employers to add gender pronouns to email signatures as well as outlaw single sex toilets and changing rooms.
The leaderboard currently features government departs such as the Home Office and the British Army, as well as Cardiff University and Newcastle City Council.
The University of Manchester
The UK’s second largest university was accused of pandering to the woke brigade in March 2021, after telling staff to stop using terms like ‘mother’ and ‘father’ in a bid to be more inclusive.
The institution took to their website to advise replacing the phrases with ‘guardian’ or ‘parent’ and man and woman with terms like ‘individuals’.
Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
In February 2021, the hospital took to social media to announce that they have launched the ‘UK’s first clinical and language guidelines supporting trans and non-binary birthing people.’
In a drive to stamp out ‘mainstream transphobia’, Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust listed a series of new phrases for use in their maternity service department:
Previous term: Breastfeeding
New term: Breast/chestfeeding
Previous term: Breastmilk
New term: Human milk or breast/chestmilk or milk from the feeding mother or parent
Previous term: Her
New term: May need to use ‘them’ or ‘their’ when replacing ‘woman’ with ‘woman or person’
Previous term: Maternal
New term: ‘Maternal and parental’ or ‘maternal/parental’
Previous term: ‘Maternal’ or ‘maternity’
New term: ‘Maternity’ or ‘perinatal’ (this acknowledges that ‘Maternity’ sometimes refers to terminology which it is not possible for BSUH to change at present)
Previous term: Maternal consent
New term: Informed consent
Previous term: ‘Maternal notes’ or ‘maternity notes’
New term: ‘Hand held notes’ or ‘Antenatal/Labour and Birth Care/Postnatal Care Record’
Previous term: ‘Mother/s’
New term: ‘Mother/s or birthing parent/s’ or ‘mothers and birthing parents’
Previous term: She
New term: May need to use ‘they’ when replacing ‘woman’ with ‘woman or person’
Previous term: ‘Woman’
New term ‘Woman or person’
The UK High Street retailer sparked a heated debate when it was revealed in September 2020, that its plant-based sanitary towels from Luna are labeled for ‘people who menstruate’ rather than for women
The UK’s leading cervical cancer charity found itself at the centre of a Twitter storm in July 2020, after responding to a trending hashtag #OnlyFemalesGetCervicalCancer.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust tweeted: ‘We’re aware a hashtag is trending that raises the issue of gender identity and cervical health. At Jo’s we want to ensure everyone with a cervix has access to the information and support they need to attend #CervicalScreening, regardless of their gender identity.’
A flood of responses to the thread argued the term ‘people with a cervix’ is ‘dehumanising and disappointing’.
Among comments, was one person saying: ‘I get the inclusive language. The issue is that many females will not know that they have a cervix.
‘Vulnerable females from underprivileged or religious backgrounds, or struggling in English will not think that they need to worry about cervical cancer. Your PC approach kills.’
However, others accused people of ‘weaponising cancer’, by arguing over not using the word ‘women’.