Pronoun badges hope to increase acceptance and awareness

Brighton has long been one of the most LGBTI friendly cities in the UK. This week, badges have been distributed which allow individuals to fill in their preferred pronouns.

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Stickers that display the preferred pronoun of individuals are being distributed around the British towns of Brighton and Hove in an effort to raise awareness about differing gender identities.

The stickers state, for example, “my pronouns are she/her/hers”, “they/them/theirs”, or simply say “please use my name” while others are left for the individual to fill in. 

Labour candidate, Sophie Cook, said “The problem is that people look at one incident of misgendering and think it’s just one word. But it’s not just one word, it is that word ten times a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. It has a cumulative effect which chips away at a person’s identity… You will have people up in arms, but quite frankly what difference does it make to those people?”

Brighton was named the 7th LGBTI friendly city in the world and boasts the largest pride festival in the UK.  

Details from the story:

  • The move is an initiative of Brighton and Hove city council.
  • The initiative hopes to demonstrate how diverse the city is and the council says it is committed to equality.
  • Badges will be available in libraries, some town halls, museums and University orientations.
  • The UK government announced a somewhat controversial action plan last year to tackle homophobia and transphobia, particularly in schools, dubbed the ‘No Outsiders’ programme.
  • The programme has since been criticised by religious communities.
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