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Equality question on council form

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coffeetasteslikeshit Tue 29-Nov-16 11:53:49

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, but I've been lurking in a lot of the trans threads and thought this would be the place to ask as so many of you seem to have more of a clue about these things than me.

I was just filling in a form on my council's website when I came across this question at the end, under the equality questions. It's not right is it? They've confused sex and gender haven't they? How can my sex be gender fluid?

Thelilywhite Tue 29-Nov-16 14:51:34

Yes they have ! It cant ! I suppose we should be grateful male and female are still in there..

SpeakNoWords Tue 29-Nov-16 14:53:05

Was there an option to leave it blank? Looks like you're forced to choose one of those list and not leave it blank.

coffeetasteslikeshit Tue 29-Nov-16 14:54:36

I left it blank. I was wondering whether I should contact them to point it out to them, but wanted to double check I wasn't reading it wrong in swim?!

ImNotDancing Tue 29-Nov-16 19:53:01

at least they're trying

coffeetasteslikeshit Wed 30-Nov-16 16:44:27

They are I'mnot, that's why I wondered whether to point it out or not, but wanted to check first that I'm not wrong.

Would better wording be "How do you describe your gender"? That would work with the choice of answers wouldn't it?

coffeetasteslikeshit Wed 30-Nov-16 16:46:03

The trouble is, left like that, lots more people might get confused and simply not answer the question and I'm sure that that's not what the council wants.

SpeakNoWords Wed 30-Nov-16 17:10:59

If they want to know sex, then ask "male/female/intersex/don't want to say". If it's gender identity they want to know, then they can put all 79 or however many there are now, plus "don't want to say", "none" and "gender identity is a social construct that doesn't apply to me" or something along those lines.

ImNotDancing Wed 30-Nov-16 17:18:54

it might be worth raising it with them smile

coffeetasteslikeshit Wed 30-Nov-16 17:26:03


I think I will.

FloraFox Wed 30-Nov-16 18:16:34

They seem very up to date with current trans ideology. If you identify as female/male you are female/male. Sex is apparently no longer a biological category. Now it's just a feeling.

Mrsmorton Wed 30-Nov-16 18:19:27

I bet they've a new employee who "knows" about this stuff. The corporate knowledge isn't there but someone is being given free rein to get this stuff wrong.

Massive eye roll

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