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GENDER EQUALITY: All Male Choir Told It MUST Permit Women Members

An all-male choir in the U.K. must now disband because gender equality initiatives forced the "male voice choir" to admit female members.
According to The Telegraph, Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir has represented the police force "at events all across the country raising thousands of pounds for charity" for more than 60 years. The choir is comprised mostly of civilians; they wear police tunics in their live performances, and the group is beloved in local communities for its charitable work.
But all that has changed now, and the choir says that they are “no longer wanted” because they want to keep their traditionally all-male choir exclusively male.
The Telegraph reports that the "force's Chief Constable Peter Goodman says he can 'no longer support'" the choir or allow them to operate under the name "Derbyshire Constabulary" because of an internal drive for more gender equality on the force. By June, the choir will drop the name Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir, which has angered many of its members.
"Choir chairman Kevin Griffiths said the change of name has resulted from the constabulary's drive to promote gender equality in all aspects of its operations, and that the choir felt 'unable to accept' Chief Con Goodman’s suggestion," reports The Telegraph.
One choir member could not believe that the force had disowned the choir so suddenly, given how much good they have done over the years.
"For 62 years this choir has done nothing but good work for the force and charities, but now we are being told the police don't want to be associated with us," the member said. "It's hard after all these years being told you're no longer wanted. We've never hidden the fact we're a male voice choir, it's just a nonsense."
The choir chairman, Kevin Griffiths, said that while they understand the chief's position, they cannot practically implement the required changes.
"We fully understand the rationale behind Mr. Goodman's decision," said Griffiths. "However, after considering the logistics and difficulties of undertaking such a transformation we felt unable to accept his invitation."
"We are very good at what we do, and to undertake such a change would have required the recruitment of up to 50 new female members with a host of associated costs," he continued. "We felt that to attempt such a change would have destroyed the choir and felt it was better to sever our association with the constabulary and continue the good work we do under a new name."
Chief Con Goodman said he is fully committed to implementing his politically correct vision.
"We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to having an organization where there are no enclaves where people from different backgrounds cannot go," he said. "We need to represent our communities in every aspect of our public presence. Having a male voice choir representing the organization is incompatible with this, especially as there are no members of the choir who are employed by or who volunteer with us. I wish them all the very best for the future."

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