Confirming convergence

It doesn’t really matter if a company backs down on its convergence due to a backlash. The point is, the mask has slipped.

The National Trust has reversed a decision to bar volunteers from public-facing duties at a Norfolk stately home if they refuse to wear rainbow sexual equality symbols.

Staff at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk were offered behind-the-scenes roles after saying they were “uncomfortable” wearing multicoloured badges and lanyards for a “Prejudice and Pride” event marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

The decision came after a new film made by the National Trust revealed that Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, the hall’s last owner who bequeathed it to the nation, was gay.

The land and home conservation charity said on Saturday that wearing the badges was now “optional and a personal decision” for volunteers and staff. A trust spokesman said: “We remain absolutely committed to our Pride programme, which will continue as intended, along with the exhibition at Felbrigg. “owever, we are aware that some volunteers had conflicting personal opinions about wearing the rainbow lanyards and badges. 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.”

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Now, I’m not going to slam people that have taken a step in the right direction. On the other hand, I’m not inclined to trust them either. The fact is that converged or not, they’re simply not as bad as YouTube and there are no unconverged options.

So, I will resume posting select Periscope and other videos there. But I will be relying upon a more reliable service for Voxiversity.