Victorian government workers are being discouraged from using “heteronormative” terms such as “husband” and “wife” in a new guide to communicating with the LGBTI community.
Instead, the workers are being schooled in adopting gender-neutral pronouns “zie” and “hir”.
The Inclusive Language Guide, which has been designed for use across the public sector, also warns against derogatory terms, such as “dyke” and “fag”, as well as “offensive questions”, including asking a transgender person whether or not they have had surgery.
In his introduction to the guide, Victorian Equality Minister Martin Foley says the government’s responsibility is to keep people safe, including the LGBTI community.
“The guide is one of the ways in which we are addressing and eradicating homophobia, biphobia and transphobia,” he says.
Surprising that there is no mention of crimephobia though. In other news:
CRIME in Victoria has skyrocketed by 11.6 per cent in the past year.
New figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency show the total number of offences grew to 543,315 in the year to September 30.
There were 333,214 victim reports made and 176,595 alleged offender incidents with both counts also increasing over the past 12 months.
Now I understand that some people can walk and chew gum at the same, but I’m coming to the view that those people don’t work in the government sector – either as politicians or bureaucrats.