Australia's second-largest bank by assets with more than 40,000 employees worldwide, ANZ wants "any aspect of gender affirmation including social, medical, and legal gender affirmation" to be covered with special benefits that employees who accept their natural biology will not receive.
Fiona MacDonald, ANZ's "Diversity and Inclusion Lead," says the scheme was cooked up as part of the bank's ongoing commitment to supporting the LGBTQ movement. The new transgender benefits are part of ANZ's "inclusive culture," she told the media.
It is "especially important," MacDonald added in a statement, for so-called trans people to feel special because "gender diverse" people "are more likely to experience lower incomes and employment rates."
"The six weeks of paid leave means people who are affirming their gender do not need to exhaust their annual or sick leave entitlements, while also easing some of the financial pressures," she further added.
In a press release, ANZ included various examples of social affirmation for trans and gender-confused people, including explanations about gender pronouns and how they are used by some people to "better align with their gender identity."
All four of Australia's biggest banks, in fact, are paying homage to the trans cult with these types of press releases. The "big four," as they call them, all now agree that gender identity can be expressed in "many ways" and that some gender-confused people need extended leave in order to "process" their gender changes.
ANZ and the other big banks Down Under also support "medical affirmation" in the form of genital mutilation, hormone "therapy" with pharmaceuticals, medical appointments, and recovery from all the surgical and chemical damage that gender-confused people inflict on their own bodies.
On its website, ANZ has an entire section devoted to reiterating itself as "a leading employer for LGBTQ+ inclusion." The bank claims numerous titles by the Australian Workplace Equity Index, which measures the "workplace inclusion" levels of Aussie businesses.
ANZ is also a member of the Welcome Here Project, a government-funded (meaning taxpayer-funded) group of the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON). Businesses that are part of this group are forced to display a "rainbow" sticker in a prominent place at the business so that LGBTQs know it is a "safe space."
ANZ is also a signatory of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business Tackling Discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, which is closely partnered with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Transgender Victoria, and Intersex Human Rights Australia.
ANZ's announcement comes just three weeks after the Coles supermarket chain in Australia announced a similar scheme to provide paid gender affirmation leave to its employees.
"We know that we have at least 900 team members who identify as transgender or gender diverse," announced David Brewster, Coles' Chief Legal and Safety Officer and chair of the company's so-called Pride Steering Committee.
"We need to have proper policy and education in this area so there is clear guidance around taking leave for this important transition in their life."
In the comment section at The Epoch Times, someone from Australia wrote that ANZ is "rotten to the core with rampant profiteering."
"The trans issue is a great smokescreen to hide the crazy things happening inside," this person added.
Another wrote that he hopes straight, white Christians will challenge these unfair special privileges for self-identifying trans people.
More related news about the trans-ification of the West can be found at Gender.news.