It is not the overt homophobia that worries me so much. There are laws and widespread public agreement that it is wrong.
It is the little things. While I am not blaming him, a blog mate from the past assumed that the Bone Doctor, Sister's partner, was a bloke. She isn't although when she is in full flight football umpiring, you could be forgiven for thinking she was. Her shape does give her away though, just. Skinny blokes don't have legs like hers. It was a fair enough assumption for someone who had not read too many posts from the past, Sister, the Bone Doctor and their baby.
To the point. Yesterday I changed insurance companies for our household contents. I plucked a figure from the air. I don't know. Some of what we have I would not want replaced. Anyway, while sorting this out over the telephone, I referred to my partner. A wee bit later, the guy at the end of the phone mentioned my partner, she. He, I returned.
They are always apologetic about their assumption, but there are appropriate non gender specific words and phrases to use. I am surprised it is not part of the training for large organisations.
Hmm, thinking. Yes, I will put it out there. Their media monitors will pick it up. Could do better RACV, but you aren't the only org to fail.