CUSTOMERS at Manitoba Liquor Marts or gamblers at the casinos in Winnipeg will soon know whether the employee they speak to identifies as he, she or they, among other pronouns, simply by checking their name tag.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries formally introduced the option last month. Employees can display their pronouns on name tags, ID badges, name plates and email signatures.
"We wanted to show our support for our gender-diverse staff and customers and to ensure consistent use across Liquor and Lotteries," said Melanie Larner, director of recruitment, development and inclusion.
"We are so pleased that our employees have embraced the opportunity to share their pronouns on their name tags and email signatures in support of transgender and gender non-conforming colleagues and customers."
Larner said the option was introduced on last month’s International Pronouns Day and the original suggestion came from a front-line Liquor Mart employee.
"Including pronouns on name tags and other corporate identifiers is only a first step in educating our employees on what it means to be an ally to (LGBTTQ+) individuals and why they might want to share their pronouns."
Bryce Byron of the Rainbow Resource Centre, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns ze/hir, said the organization has been working with the Crown corporation about the changes.
"We’ve been educating for this," said Byron. "It’s always great to see organizations that want to make changes to provide more gender support.
"I know Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, which checks people’s identity to get in the door, they are on the front lines of identity. They are definitely a great place and (it’s) great they are leading the way on it. I think it will be on everybody’s name tags soon. It is definitely coming along."
Larner said it is too early to know how many employees will request a new name tag or ID badge.
"We don’t track name tag revisions versus net new requests," she said.
"I can tell you that requests for updated name tags and ID badges showing pronouns are coming in, and I’ve seen a lot of updated email signatures in the last month."
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