Apparently Council Leader Iain Malcolm is concerned about the wellbeing of some of his personal associates, who complained that they were uncomfortable using the men’s toilets.
He’s appointed a group of consultants to look at the problem and is now studying their findings and recommendations.
Early indications are that he is impressed by the report submitted by the University of Manchester and is keen to adopt it’s recommendations, which include spending thousands on “de-gendered” toilets.
Temporary signs have already been erected (can I say erected?) which now make the “ladies” simply “toilets”, while the “gents” have become “toilets with urinals”.
Councillor Iain Malcolm said,
“these changes are needed to tackle both gender-phobia and trans-phobia. We are a four star council and a beacon authority but we’ve failed to address this issue. It’s right and proper that those born with a gender imbalance have the right to use whichever toilet they want”.
Councillor Scorer who came to terms with his sexuality many years ago and who is affectionately referred to as Cissie said’
“If you were born female, still present quite feminine, but define as a man you should be able to go into the men’s toilets – if that’s how you define. You don’t necessarily have had to have gender reassignment surgery, but you could just define yourself as a man, feel very masculine in yourself, feel that in fact being a woman is not who you are”
So in the true tradition of council spin and Miss Piggy speak, this latest leadership initiative is as clear as mud!