Gen­der neu­tral toi­lets for BBC staff

Daily Mail - - News - By Emily Kent Smith

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.

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