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Halifax tells customers to 'close their account' if they disagree with gender pronouns policy
Halifax has told customers they can ‘close their account’ if they disagree with its new policy on gender pronouns.The banking group shared a picture of a staff member’s name badge over social media which contained the pronouns “she/her/hers”.Bosses said that workers optionally include their pronouns in a bid to create a ‘safe and accepting environment’ for employees and customers.It has also described the move as being a “very simple solution to accidental misgendering”.READ MORE: Glasgow and Edinburgh Pride events see Scotland's biggest cities decked in colourREAD MORE: Headteacher who came out as gay met with 'eruption of applause' from pupilsNews of the policy came during the final week of Pride Month.However, some customers threatened to close their account over the policy.In a response to one angry customer, Halifax wrote: “We strive for inclusion, equality and quite simply, in doing what is right.“If you disagree with our values, you’re welcome to close your account.”The bank then shared details on how customers can submit forms to close down in their account in additional responses to account holders.Fellow bank HSBC tweeted in support of Halifax’s decision amid the backlash.The firm wrote: “We stand with and support any bank or organisation that joins us in taking this positive step forward for equality and inclusion.“It’s vital that everyone can be themselves in the workplace.”A number of LGBTQ+ charities have encouraged people to state their pronouns in email signatures and social media profiles to prevent misgendering.The Scottish Trans Alliance also suggests asking to people to add their pronouns next to their name when taking part in an online work meeting.They add: “If you accidentally use the wrong
Lanarkshire MP to lead '50 years of Pride' debate at House of Commons
Lanarkshire MP is set to lead a debate on 50 years of Pride in the UK next weekLanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley will give LGBTQIA+ parliamentarians the opportunity to share their experiences and celebrate the wider community across the country on Thursday, June 30 in the House of Commons.Pride is a month-long celebration, throughout June, of the establishment of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement that followed the Stonewall riots in New York in 1969.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Three years later, the first official UK Gay Pride Rally took place in London on July 1, 1972.Pride month runs from June 1 to June 30 and is a celebration of the successes of the diverse LGBTQIA+ community while raising awareness of continuing discrimination and issues affecting the members of the community.Recent progress for the LGBTQIA+ community comes after decades of campaigning in civic society and although significant progress has been made, more can be done to make the UK a safer and fairer place for the community and to spread that message of tolerance and acceptance throughout the world.