Julie Cooke, the deputy chief constable of Cheshire police, told her 2,231 followers that the day was important to anyone who identifies as transgender or ‘gender non-conforming’ because ‘being mis-gendered can have a huge impact on somebody and their personal wellbeing’.
She added: ‘It also can be used as a form of abuse and that just isn’t right. Today is about raising awareness getting people to have conversations and understanding why it’s so important to understand the pronouns that somebody wishes to be used for them.’
But the video, which last night had been viewed almost one million times, attracted a strong reaction online, with more than 6,000 people commenting and mostly criticising the senior officer.
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Author: Alexander Light