Top Trans Group Calls for Ban of Word 'Mother,' Replace with 'Parent Who Gives Birth'
Powerful UK-based transgender organization puts pressure on government to act
A powerful UK-based transgender organization has called on the government to enforce a ban on the word "mother" and replace it with the "more inclusive" term "parent who has given birth," according to reports.
The demand is being made by Stonewall - a government-linked pro-trans charity - that has a program that advises organizations on how to become more diverse.
The controversial group has just issued "guidance" to employers and govt agencies wanting to be scored by its coveted Workplace Equality Index.
However, their latest order has sparked a backlash from campaigners across the UK.
Calls are now being made for an immediate inquiry into how the group has such an influence on government departments.
Featuring on the Workplace Equality Index allows employers to understand their employees’ experiences and shows commitment to LGBT equality, Stonewall says.
Those achieving a coveted Top 100 spot, are then able to use the Top 100 Employers logo to promote their achievement, according to The Daily Mail.
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.
It comes after it was revealed earlier this week that the UK Equalities Minister Liz Truss wants the government to quit a diversity scheme run by Stonewall amid a row over trans rights.
Miss Truss is said to be pushing for departments to join the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Acas in dropping the Diversity Champions scheme over fears it is not providing value for money.
According to Stonewall there are more than 850 organizations, including 250 government departments and public bodies such as police forces, local councils, and NHS trusts, signed up as "diversity champions."
Membership to the scheme starts at around £2,500, which according to the LGBT charity’s website, buys employers access to expert advice and resources to make their workplaces "inclusive."
However, the charity was embroiled in a new row over transgender rights last week, when its chief executive Nancy Kelley likened "gender critical" beliefs to anti-Semitism as she defended its pro-trans campaigning.
After criticism from the gay former Conservative MP Matthew Parris, Ms. Kelley told the BBC: "With all beliefs including controversial beliefs there is a right to express those beliefs publicly and where they’re harmful or damaging – whether it’s anti-Semitic beliefs, gender-critical beliefs, beliefs about disability – we have legal systems that are put in place for people who are harmed by that."
Meanwhile, the EHRC, Britain’s equalities watchdog, then cut ties with a Stonewall scheme for "woke" workplaces after claims that it curbs free speech among staff.
Its decision comes amid accusations the scheme is encouraging public bodies and firms to adopt policies that create a "culture of fear" among workers who disagree with transgender ideology.
A letter to the feminist campaign group Sex Matters from new commission chairman Baroness Falkner revealed: "We wrote to Stonewall in March to let them know that we would not be renewing our membership, and this has now expired."
Now, documents seen by The Telegraph reveal the extent of the guidance Stonewall gives employers wanting to make its leaderboard.
Edinburgh University was discouraged from using the term "mother," instead being told "parent who has given birth" was more strongly recommended.
Similarly, Merseyside Police was told that "pregnant employee" was "a more inclusive term," while the Welsh government removed "mother" from its Maternity policy, even though ‘father’ still remains.
Maya Forstater, the co-founder of campaign group Sex Matters, told the paper: "The Committee on Standards in Public Life [should] undertake a public inquiry as to how an organization that is basically a lobby group got into such an influential position in so many institutions."
A spokesperson for feminist campaign group FiLiA told MailOnline: "FiLiA recognizes the impact that dehumanizing ‘gender neutral’ terms such as ‘pregnant person’ or ‘birthing parent’ has on women and girls.
"The recent MOMA (Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances) Bill debate showed that Parliament would not allow the word ‘mother’ to be replaced, yet Stonewall continues to push organizations, including Government departments, to adopt these terms – again, not complying with the Equality Act 2010 but attempting to set the rules as Stonewall would prefer it to be.
"Maternity and pregnancy is yet another protected characteristic that Stonewall has ignored in their pursuit of gender identity extremism.
"We should have the words to talk about these characteristics, not least for those whom the English language is difficult.
"We are extremely disappointed at the lack of critical thinking of the organizations opting into Stonewall’s version of the law purely for the virtue signal of appearing on their ‘Workplace Equality Index’, and their lack of respect for women, and in particular pregnant women and mothers."
A Stonewall spokesperson said: "All employers need to ensure that their staff, including LGBTQ+ staff, are free from discrimination and prejudice at work, and our Diversity Champions program is one way for organizations to be supported to meet this requirement.
"More than a third of LGBTQ+ staff (35 percent) hide who they are at work, while one in five (18 percent) have been the target of negative comments because they’re LGBTQ+.
"We are confident in our advice on the Equality Act which is based on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Equality Act Code of Practice, which was recently reaffirmed in the High Court.
"We are pleased to say that our Diversity Champions program is continuing to grow and take on new members, and we are very proud of the work we're doing with more than 850 organizations to help create inclusive working environments for their lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer staff."