Gender neutral toilets for BBC staff
THE BBC has gender neutral toilets in all of its buildings and will soon give staff paid time off for sex change surgery.
Under a scheme to be launched in the coming months, staff wanting to change sex can work with the broadcaster to set ‘the date from which their gender will be changed on all BBC records’.
The BBC – which has 417 employees who identify as transgender – has also confirmed it has long had some toilets that are gender neutral – large standalone cubicles similar to those for the disabled. It has not built new gender neutral facilities and existing toilets have not been redesignated.
The sex change policy was revealed in a report about the radio industry by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. It said the BBC was ‘committed to supporting employees through a transition period’.
Channel 4 introduced gender neutral toilets at its headquarters last year. And in March, the web giant Google announced it would be installing them at its central London office.