Employees in the Municipality of Copenhagen must speak in a gender-neutral manner

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Copenhagen. In Copenhagen Municipality, employees must henceforth avoid the use of words such as “mother”, “father”, “policeman” and “chairman”.

According to Berlingske, the municipality writes this in a new language guide.

The language guide has been sent to the employees of Copenhagen Municipality as part of recognizing the citizens as who they are, writes the newspaper.

According to the municipality, it can be both prejudiced and condescending to imply that a certain gender is the norm.

The employees must, among other things, consider which pronouns people prefer. This means that one must consider whether a person will be addressed as “he”, “she”, “they” or “them”.

– If you are in doubt, it is better to ask once too much than once too little, the instructions say according to Berlingske.

It has been a month since the guidance was issued and posted on the intranet. Thus, it is already valid.

In this you can also read that as an employee in the municipality you should not take for granted that a family consists of a mother and a father. Instead, employees must be aware of using the words “co-parent” and “partner”.

The guide is part of the municipality’s overall LGBT+ policy. The policy was drawn up in collaboration with Kvinfo and LGBT+ Denmark and was launched in 2019. At the time, Copenhagen was the first Danish city with such a policy.

Here, rules were made so that the municipality’s forms, for example, must take rainbow families into account. At the same time, the focus was placed on the fact that the staff at the city’s schools and institutions must in future be prepared to meet children and young people with LGBT+ issues.

Copenhagen’s hosting of WorldPride in 2021 was also part of that plan. Due to the corona pandemic, however, the event was held last year with fewer participants than originally intended.


Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.

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