National Trust home banishes volunteers who refuse to wear rainbow pride badge

04 Août, 2017, 23:26 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
  • The volunteers have been told they will not be allowed to perform meet and greet roles if they decline to wear a rainbow badge or lanyard

Volunteers at a National Trust property have been moved from their usual jobs to prevent them having contact with the public after they refused to wear rainbow badges and lanyards celebrating an LGBTQ campaign.

The Telegraph reported that bosses of the National Trust at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk had asked volunteers to wear a lanyard or badge showing the rainbow flag to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors.

However, volunteers at the property took objection when Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer's sexuality was revealed almost 50 years after his death.

The campaign is part of the Trust's Prejudice and Pride season, that marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised.

Meanwhile, the trust has been accused of "outing" Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, the late owner of the Jacobean hall, following a short film narrated last month by TV personality Stephen Fry.

Volunteer Mike Holmes told the Eastern Daily Press: "Wymondham-Cremer would've turned in his grave to know what's happening".

A National Trust spokesman said 'We are proud to share a fuller portrait of Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer and do not attach shame to his sexuality.

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'He was an intensely private man. "They do not have the right to research their benefactors" private lives to suit the needs of a marketing campaign.

"The people we interviewed were clear that we weren't "outing" Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer because amongst those who knew him, this was widely accepted".

"However, we appreciate that we have not given everyone much time to think about this".

A group of National Trust volunteers have been offered duties away from the public after "feeling uncomfortable" wearing sexual equality symbols.

The Trust's head of volunteering Annabel Smith added in a statement: "As part of our Prejudice and Pride programme our staff and volunteers are wearing rainbow badges and lanyards, as an worldwide symbol of welcome".

Ms Smith said: "Whilst volunteering for the National Trust we do request and expect individuals to uphold the values of the organisation".

"The truth is, when researching Robert's life, we find many accounts that openly acknowledge his homosexuality".


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