The Scottish government has a plan to provide feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary napkins in male bathrooms throughout its government facilities to accommodate transgender civil servants. The idea to install the items in men's lavatories is part of a 209-page submission to LGBT charity Stonewall.
According to the Daily Mail, "Documents released under Freedom of Information laws uncovered how Leslie Evans, the permanent secretary, agreed to make the change in a bid to climb the lobby group's controversial Workplace Equality Index (WEI)." The WEI is a metric invented and curated by an organization called Stonewall, a not-for-profit organization that advocates for LBGTQ causes.
At Stonewall's behest, the Scottish government has also taken other action.The latest move comes a month after news emerged that Scottish civil service agreed to removed all references to the word "mother" from its maternity leave policy after pressure from Stonewall, in order to achieve a better ranking.
In addition, Scottish government workers will now be allowed to use a new title of "Mx." on staff rosters and in government data banks.
The Scottish government aims to improve its WEI ranking, which went from 72 in the year 2019 all the way down to 127 in the year 2020.
Scotland is leading the way for accommodations to trans identity, where students as young as four are now permitted to change gender without parental consent.
Within the past 18 months, it has also been revealed in the beginning of November that 12 prisoners who identify as transgender and were convicted of violence or sexual crimes have been accommodated in Scottish women's jails.
Earlier in the week, the BBC withdrew from a diversity scheme run by Stonewall. The decision to sever ties with the organization was due to the "risk of a perception of bias," according to the reason cited by one of the corporation's bosses.
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