The BBC has more than 400 transgender staff, a confidential internal survey conducted by Tunde Ogungbesan, the company’s director of diversity, has revealed.
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The research comes as the British Government prepares to announce plans to make it less stressful and bureaucratic for people to be able to change gender.
This sensational discovery was made by BBC during a general view on staff’s personal information.
It was found that 417 of staff were either gay, lesbian or transgender, the latter which is a divisive issue in Britain with a split between traditionalists who believe gender is assigned at birth and progressives who believe a liberal society should make strides against any form of discrimination towards trans people.
The BBC executive who was stunned by the figure, which represents more than one in 50 of the workforce, has however, launched a major reform to make the Corporation more ‘trans-friendly’ following the findings. British Daily Mail reported.
The paper quoted Ogungbesan to have said at a conference attended by senior civil servants, doctors and transgender rights campaigners earlier last month.
‘Can someone have a guess at how many people have disclosed they are transgender at the BBC. Ten? Anyone else? Twenty? Not bad. One more? I will put you out of your misery. We’ve got 417… almost two per cent. That is very, very high.’