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    Online Fury as UK Trade Union Claims Anyone Can 'Self-Identify' as Black or LGBT

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    While some netizens criticised the union’s statement, others joked about how the principles espoused by the University and College Union might be utilised.

    The British University and College Union has managed to stir up quite a ruckus online by announcing its stance on racial and gender identification.

    According to Metro, the union, which represents some 120,000 academics, made the statement after weathering a backlash over “the labelling of transgender people.”

    “UCU has a long history of enabling members to self-identify whether that is being black, disabled, LGBT+ or women”, the union said. “UCU also supports a social, rather than a medical, model of gender recognition that will help challenge repressive gender stereotypes in the workplace and in society.”

    UCU’s stance elicited a wave of criticism, with Sussex University philosophy professor Kathleen Stock describing it as “nonsensical, anti-intellectual propaganda.”

    ​Many social media users also did not seem particularly thrilled by the union’s statement, though some of them looked amused by it.

    And a number of people joked about how the principles espoused by UCU might be utilized.

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