National Trust in u-turn in row over gay pride badges

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A diktat ordering National Trust volunteers to wear rainbow badges in solidarity with the LGBTQ community has been reversed.

Staff and volunteers at Norfolk’s Felbrigg Hall had been requested to wear symbols praising sexual equality as part of a campaign. 

Thirty of the hall’s 350 volunteers were asked to perform duties out of the public eye after declining to wear the badges or lanyards.

However, the decision sparked criticism and the trust has now said wearing the symbols would be “optional”.

Those volunteers who had been offered duties away from the public would be able to resume their public roles, the BBC reported.

“We are aware some volunteers had conflicting, personal opinions about wearing the rainbow lanyards and badges,” the National Trust said.

“That was never our intention.

“We are therefore making it clear to volunteers that the wearing of the badge is optional and a personal decision.”

On Friday, the Daily Telegraph reported that hundreds of National Trust members were set to cancel their membership over the policy, as well as the decision to ‘out’ Felbrigg Hall’s former owner Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer.

The policy announcements were made during the National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride campaign marking the 50th anniversary of homosexuality being decriminalised.

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