Anyone should be able to identify as black, disabled, LGBT+, or as a woman, according to a position paper issued by a British lecturers’ union.

The University and Colleges Union (UCU), which represents over 100,000 lecturers and staff in third level institutions throughout the UK, said they would not only support transgender theory, but also claimed that white people could “self-identify” as black, and that non-disabled people could “self-identify” as disabled.

The “UCU Position on Trans Inclusion” states:

The UCU has a long history of enabling members to self-identify, whether that is being black, disabled, LGBT or women.  

The statement was criticised by union members like Kathleen Stock, a professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex, who labelled it “nonsensical, anti-intellectual propaganda”. She also highlighted some of the implications of the UCU statement:

One of the most high-profile cases of racial self-identification is that of Anthony Lennon, a white theatre director with Irish ancestry who claimed that he was a black “African born again” last November.

Amid much criticism, he went on to secure funding from an Arts Council scheme helping ethnic minority actors due to his self-identification as black.