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Sunday, 11 February 2007

There now, it's all right, your carer will be here soon

I remember once Harry Enfield and chums doing a skit taking the mickey out of Conservatives who kept saying "It's political correctness gone mad." Well try this one for size. Stonewall have been funded by the National Health Service in Scotland to produce a guide Fair For All - The Wider Challenge Good LGBT Practice in the NHS (pdf)

On page 7, we read:
Partners and “next of kin”
Using the terms “husband”, “wife” and “marriage” assumes opposite sex relationships only and will automatically exclude all LGB people. Using the term “partner” and “they/them” to refer to the partner will avoid this problem. This is also inclusive of all heterosexual couples, regardless of their marital status.
And further down the page:
Parenting
LGBT people can and do have children, sexual orientation or gender identity has nothing to do with good parenting or good child care. According to a Scottish wide survey11, one fifth of LGBT people have children. Some children will have been born or adopted into heterosexual relationships before a parent had ‘come out’ and some are born into samesex relationships or adopted by an LGB individual. Individual circumstances lead to varied family structures and parenting arrangements. It is important to be aware of this. When talking to children, consider using “parents”, “carers” or “guardians” rather than “mother” or “father”.
Be clear: these people will never be satisfied. This is not about avoiding nasty name-calling or "gay-bashing." They want to stop you talking to sick children about their mothers.

H/T Catholic Action UK
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