BBC staff were told there were over 150 genders and needed to develop their “trans brand” by declaring their pronouns on email signatures.
The Telegraph has obtained material provided to radio staff by Global Butterflies, a transgender group the BBC drafted for training sessions last summer and autumn.
Emails were sent to radio producers and program editors, some from department heads, inviting them to participate in the training.
During the sessions, leaked to the Telegraph, staff were shown a range of gender-neutral pronouns they should use, including “xe, xem, xyrs”, and were told: “People can identify with over 150 ways, and growing! ”
Staff were told they should include their pronouns in email signature boxes to be ‘part of your trans brand’ as an ‘inclusive and welcoming show…brilliant in support of allies’.
‘Remind them of the correct pronouns’
Trainer Global Butterflies told staff that ‘he/she’ pronouns ‘can create ‘discomfort, stress and anxiety’ for gender non-conforming people and ‘have been shown to trans, using correct pronouns and nouns reduces depression and suicide risk.”
The diversity training said, “If you hear a colleague using the incorrect pronouns for someone, put them aside and remind them of the correct pronouns.
Staff were shown a diagram of pronoun badges they could wear in offices and how to use gender pronouns on air. They were also asked to avoid the terms transsexual and transvestite, and were told that “nudging” or “staring” were transphobic.
A whistleblower told the Telegraph the BBC ‘removes stories’ that challenge trans activism and claimed there is a ‘close-knit cabal at the top of BBC News that tacitly endorses gender ideology’.
The whistleblower urged BBC Director-General Tim Davie to “pull himself together” and remind the company’s human resources and diversity departments that “licensing fee payers pay their salaries and s expect staff to be trained by unbiased trainers”.
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“The BBC just doesn’t understand what’s going on with gender identity ideology,” said the source, a senior executive who recently left the company.
“They pandered to social contagion among young people rather than being the adult in the room. BBC Charter’s ‘Inform and Educate’ left the BBC when covering trans issues. »
Training available to increase awareness
It is understood that the training sessions were organized by Fergus Dudley, Compliance and Complaints Officer for BBC Radio Commissioning and Child Protection and Safeguarding Adviser.
And in 2020, in a separate series of ‘LGBT Allies’ training sessions, Andrew Young, then Head of Diversity and since promoted to Head of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC , told staff: ‘The BBC needs to have a balance – that’s the editorial view, but it’s my personal view, that hopefully in the future it will be less of a ‘balance ” and no longer a “right”.
The BBC quitting the controversial diversity program run by Stonewall, the trans charity, last year. But the whistleblower told the Telegraph it ‘wasn’t enough’ because ‘Stonewall injected the ideology into the BBC and it’s still circulating’.
“Stories from the ‘gender-critical’ perspective – pro-woman, pro-protection – are presented by individuals, but they are rejected because the top news doesn’t order them,” the pitcher said. ‘alert.
“Any story that does not affirm gender ideology comes from outside the information cabal and when it does appear it is always sent upstairs, scrutinized, triple checked – while affirmative stories of genre go directly to the exit.
“And there is a complete lack of understanding at the highest editorial levels of the BBC that pronoun statements align with a belief in gender identity ideology.”
The BBC declined to say how much the Global Butterflies formation cost, but has now cut ties with the group. A spokesperson said: ‘Voluntary third party training material does not instruct BBC staff but is available to increase awareness and understanding.
“There is no connection to or influence on any editorial decision-making and to suggest otherwise is wrong. As we have said many times before, the BBC’s editorial guidelines are sacrosanct, our staff know that. and understands their responsibilities.
Global Butterflies did not respond to a request for comment.