Firefighters have been taught that sex is “just a label” and may run along a spectrum, whereas “in white Western cultures, gender is seen as being an either/or choice, also known as a binary”. The Telegraph has more.
Training material for emergency service staff at West Sussex Fire and Rescue, seen by the Telegraph, shows that they have received instruction in “transgender and non-binary” inclusion.
A bitesize guide for staff at the fire service makes a series of claims, including a section asking “what is the gender binary?”, in which firefighters have been informed that “in white Western cultures, gender is seen as being an either/or choice, also known as a binary”.
The training material relates to best-practice for inclusion, and informs emergency service staff that gender is a set of behaviours, while “sex is the label we’re assigned by a doctor when we’re born”.
This label does not cover the “range of innate gender identities a person might have”, the material claims, adding that biological sex may also run along a spectrum.
It states: “In truth, our understanding of the amount of difference between bodies is only just emerging, and current research indicates that there is probably more of a physical spectrum of biological sex rather than the simple binary of male and female.”