The extent to which radical gender and race ideology is imposed on the Civil Service has been laid bare by a dossier of internal communications leaked to The Telegraph.
Staff in Government departments are being taught about gender ideology, which affirms the idea that people can choose their gender, while those with legally protected gender critical beliefs, who believe that you cannot change your biological sex, say they are bullied into silence.
Instead of clearing backlogs from the pandemic, staff are spending work time on attending lectures on LGBT+ issues or watching videos telling them biological men can use women-only facilities if they self-identify as female.
In one department, staff shared a “30 days of Pride” calendar, with daily videos and articles on topics including “transgender children” and “the history of the Stonewall riot”, that contained six hours of content.
Workers in government departments are also being bombarded with material about white privilege and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
A group of 42 staff members has now written to Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, warning that impartiality in the Civil Service is at risk and the woke takeover of Whitehall could affect policy decisions.
Gender advice at the MoJ
A diversity group in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) claimed that “in many societies” the belief in two genders “is a product and tool of colonialism and white supremacy”.
The MoJ’s Gender Equality Network, one of a myriad of groups within the Civil Service set up by staff to discuss subjects such as diversity, circulated a newsletter in July 2022 to its members that discussed gender identity, pronouns and non-binary people.
The newsletter said: “Depending on the culture, people who identify as other genders have been associated with sacred powers, spirituality and are thought to be blessings to the family and community they are born into.
“Many North American Indigenous tribes had no constructs of gender and embraced its fluidity before colonisation.
“In many societies, the gender binary is a product and tool of colonialism and white supremacy.”
The document also promoted a non-binary activist who claimed in a television interview in September 2022 that “there’s as many genders as there are people”.
The remarks were made by Alok Vaid-Menon, a self-described gender non-conforming and transfeminine writer, who was included as a part of a list of “brilliant people in public life who are blazing a trail for a different way of thinking about gender”.
The newsletter also urged civil servants to use gender-neutral language. They were told: “Starting a meeting, speech or presentation with, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’... assumes that everyone in your audience identifies as either a women [sic] or a man, which may not be the case.”
In a section on pronouns, the newsletter said: “Non-binary people sometimes use gender-neutral pronouns like they/them, but there’s a great variety of others, including ve/ver and zie/zim.”
The MoJ hosted several events for pride month in June 2023, including one entitled: “Let’s talk Menopause: LGBT+ and the menopause.”
Don’t say mum and dad
Since June, the Department for Business and Trade’s LGBT network has hosted five “LGBTQ+ allies training” sessions during work hours, including one session in which staff were told not to use the phrase “mum and dad” as it might cause offence.
The sessions, which lasted 90 minutes and were open to all staff, were advertised as “a safe space to learn about LGBTQ+ identities and how you can be an ally to our community”.
During one session, attended by more than 60 civil servants over Zoom, staff were asked to describe their weekends to their colleagues but to “avoid mentioning: the genders of anyone involved (including gendered pronouns), the names of any places you visit, or anything else that might give away your own or another’s sexuality or gender identity”.
One example warned against anyone saying: “I went home to visit my mum and dad” because “what if I have two mums or two dads?”
Civil servants were told it was best practice to “ask about pronouns and introduce your own”.
Bathroom restrictions ‘inappropriate’
Civil servants at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are told in official diversity training it is “inappropriate behaviour” to block biological men who identify as women from using female bathrooms.
Documents seen by The Telegraph state: “This course should be completed by all staff”.
In a training video for new staff, officials are told: “Many transgender people experience inappropriate behaviour both in the workplace and in their daily lives,” before they are shown a series of scenarios played by actors.
One example features an actress telling a trans woman: “wrong door, love, the gents is down the hall” when they attempt to enter a female bathroom.
The trans woman tries to continue to the lavatory, before being told: “Look, you’re not coming in here. You some kind of pervert or something?”
Under the Equality Act 2010, gender reassignment is a protected characteristic. But the act also gives legal protection to those with gender-critical beliefs, including the belief that people cannot change their sex.
However, civil servants with gender-critical beliefs have complained they are being discriminated against by a cross-Whitehall culture that states they are in the wrong.
In a letter from 42 civil servants to the Cabinet Secretary in April, officials said they live with a “pervasive fear” they will be victimised for their beliefs on gender.
In April 2022 the Equality and Human Rights Commission issued guidance stating it is legal to exclude transgender people from single-sex bathrooms in some situations.
The EHRC said: “There are circumstances where a lawfully-established separate or single-sex service provider can prevent, limit or modify trans people’s access to the service.”
It added the policy must be “proportionate” and be done for legitimate reasons, for example health and safety or privacy.
In the Foreign Office, civil servants are given guidance stating that trans staff can “use whichever toilet they feel most comfortable using”, stressing that “people have nothing to fear from trans people in toilets” and “that it is unacceptable to insist that a trans person is only permitted to use a gender-neutral toilet, or a disabled toilet”.
The guidance continues: “Should other employees object to this, you should explain that using the correct facilities forms an important part of gender transition.”
The same Defra video features transgender individuals describing their life experiences, with one claiming that: “I knew from a very early age that there was something wrong.”
They continued: “My mum tells the story that I was talking from about 18 months, and I think from probably about two years old I was telling her that I was a boy and I knew I was a boy.”
The video is shown as part of diversity and inclusion training for Defra staff, who are told “this course should be completed by all staff, and includes a quiz with an 80 per cent pass mark”.
The video was produced by Skill Boosters, a company which provides diversity training.
Dress up for Pride
In May 2023, during a meeting held by officials from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over Zoom, a civil servant shared a “30 days of Pride” online calendar which featured links to daily videos and articles that, if a person chose to engage with all the material, would take more than six hours to view in total.
Titles for the films and articles included Transgender Children; What Does it Mean to be Pansexual? and The History of the Stonewall Riot.
One day’s topic, Coming Out, contained links to videos lasting 26 minutes in total, while other films and articles covered topics including The Meaning of Queer, Healthcare System Barriers for Transgender People, and The Importance of Rainbow Unity.
At the end of the 30 days, staff could take a survey and receive an online certificate.
In a “Race Action Newsletter” to DWP officials in June 2023, which was “dedicated to Windrush Day and Pride Month,” officials were urged to “Dress Up For Pride”.
The newsletter told civil servants: “Rather than dress down Fridays, colleagues are encouraged to visibly show their Pride with snazzy outfits, whether that’s as individuals or as teams.”
Gender law ‘needs reform’
Staff in the Foreign Office are also given official guidance that includes a call for a change in the law on gender self-certification.
The department’s Gender Identity and Transition Guidance, aimed at advising all staff on how to deal with situations such as a colleague asking to be referred to by gender neutral pronouns, reproduces a document compiled by the controversial LGBT charity Stonewall.
The document argues that trans and non-binary people should be able to self-determine their gender without the need for a medical diagnosis or the presentation of evidence.
It would require changes to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004 of the kind the SNP-controlled Scottish Parliament wanted to introduce until it was blocked by the Westminster Government.
Under current legislation, those who wish to legally transition must provide proof they have lived in their acquired gender for at least two years and they must obtain two medical reports diagnosing gender dysphoria.
Stonewall’s document argues the law “is in urgent need of reform” and recommends giving “all trans people the right to self determination”.
The memo continues: “Stonewall supports an amended GRA that requires no medical diagnosis or presentation of evidence.”
The resource is available on the Foreign Office intranet and is aimed at staff based in the UK.
The department’s decision to highlight Stonewall’s policies comes despite a move within Government to cut ties with the charity.
In 2021 the then equalities minister Liz Truss urged government departments to withdraw from the charity’s diversity scheme which provided training on pronouns and gender-neutral spaces.
Conservative MPs claimed in the House of Commons that Stonewall pushed “dangerous and contested extreme ideologies that don’t have a basis in science”.
The Home Office’s intranet website for staff also includes a link to Stonewall’s website, despite the Home Secretary saying this month she had “ended all association” with the charity in her department.
The link features on the homepage of the Home Office’s LGBT staff network, Spectrum, and appears in a section entitled “elsewhere on the web”.
‘White supremacist worldview’
Aside from compiling departmental guides on LGBTQ+ issues, civil servants are also spending time putting together documents on white privilege and the importance of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
Official guidance for staff in the Department for Business and Trade on race equality and inclusion at work, which was updated in March this year, explains how senior HR and diversity officials “provide support to staff impacted by the Black Lives Matter events”.
The department launched several immediate and long-term responses to the BLM riots in the summer of 2020, which included its press office launching a discussion on ways to “educate others” on topics including “white privilege” and “black literature”.
A memo from REACH (the Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage Network) for “allies” of ethnic minorities, said part of the organisation’s mission was to help staff “unlearn racism”.
The network claimed that: “Hardships for white people are never because of the colour of our skin in this country or workplace.”
Officials were told they could “be an effective white ally” by “acknowledging white privilege” and by reading the controversial book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, which argues that “white people raised in Western society are conditioned into a white supremacist worldview”.
In May this year the DWP held a 90-minute remembrance ceremony for George Floyd, the black man who suffocated after a white policeman pressed his knee onto his neck in a roadside arrest in the US three years ago.
During a DWP divisional meeting nominally discussing Universal Credit in July 2020, a “Parents’ guide to Black Lives Matter” was distributed by a staff member in the wake of Floyd’s death.
The document, authored by the childcare agency Yoopies, included a section entitled The Dangers of Saying My Child Isn’t Racist, and urged parents to explain concepts such as white privilege.
A government spokesman said: “As required by the Civil Service Code, and as the public rightly expects, all civil servants must act impartially.
“Where any individual is found to be breaking the Civil Service Code, appropriate action will be taken.
“We are introducing new Impartiality Guidance which will provide added clarity to staff on maintaining impartiality on diversity and inclusion issues.”