Yesterday my cousin was showing me his company manual, which was in the process of being up-dated. My eyes skimmed the text of one page and I burst out laughing.
He was trying to tell his employees that no-one would be discriminated against due to factors like disability, race and ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age et al. But, somewhere between the proof-reader and the printer, a word had been dropped. It changed the whole nature of the document by triggering the dual meaning of 'sex'.
"So you won't have anything to say if people are having sex on the job?"
We checked the original. That should have read 'sex, gender alignment, sexual orientation'. In short, he was declaring equality amongst his workers, regardless of whether they were male, female, transsexual, transgender, bi-gender or any other gender-related designation. They were also fine if they were heterosexual, bisexual, pan-sexual or homosexual.
He would probably have produced this document anyway, because he's a good man and a great employer. However, as a Briton, he also has to obey certain laws, as he runs his business. One of those is to ensure that policies like this exist in every workplace in the country.
It is part of our civil rights.