Qantas airline is holding a spirit of inclusion month to try to avoid excluding some LGBTI families.
Qantas employees have been asked to avoid using terms that can reinforce the idea that people are always in heterosexual relationships. The airline is encouraging staff to use partner or spouse instead of husband and wife and parents instead of mum and dad. Qantas is also encouraging staff not to use gender inappropriate words such as mankind, chairman or foreman.
Qantas has also come up with the word manterruption to describe male staff that interrupts female staff while they are talking.
How gender specific and sexist is that? When my wife (sorry) partner starts talking, trying to manterrupt her is like trying to stop a machine gun.