NHS medics to add pronouns to their email signatures to avoid 'misgendering' people
NHS Health Education England tweeted a message to mark LGBT month, telling followers it would be 'focusing on misgendering, which is one of the most common unintentional blunders made by cisgender people.'
It encouraged people to, 'add your pronouns to your email signature, which provides clarity and encourages others to do the same.'
In a bid to be more inclusive for workers who are transgender or non-binary, more companies are inviting staff to add pronouns - he, she, they or something else - to their email signatures, making clear how they wish to be referred to.
The NHS tweet also featured a graphic explaining misgendering, with the caption: 'If you misgender someone by accidentally using the wrong pronouns, don't panic.
'Correct yourself, make a mental note for the future and move on. Being overly apologetic and making a fuss can make the misgendered person feel bad about your mistake.'
This comes after a hospital told staff to use terms like 'birthing parents' and 'human milk' rather than just referring to 'mothers' and 'breast milk'.
A row also erupted in Westminster over a special maternity bill referring to 'pregnant people' rather than women.