Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The London Underground is going gender-neutral

The London Underground is about to go gender-neutral, with workers set to scrap "ladies and gentlemen", with "everyone" when greeting passengers.

New versions of the pre-recorded announcements will also be made, for the Underground and Overground transportation systems.

Transport for London's Customer Strategy head Mark Evans said they want to make "everyone feel welcome on our transport network" according to the Evening Standard.

He added: "We have reviewed the language that we use in announcements and elsewhere and will make sure that it is fully inclusive, reflecting the great diversity of London".

Stonewall has welcomed the news: "Language is extremely important to the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community, and the way we use it can help ensure all people feel included".

The statement goes on to say: "We welcome gender neutral announcements to be rolled out across TfL, as it will ensure that everyone - no matter who they identify as - feels accounted for".

The move was initially considered by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in December.

Speaking at Mayor's Question Time last month, Mayor Khan brought up the policy, mentioning how Transport for London serves a vibrant, diverse and multicultural city.

He said: "I am aware however, that some customers may not relate to or feel comfortable with the way that certain station announcements are made".

"I am keen that TfL addresses these concerns by speaking in a more neutral way when referring to gender", he added.

I think this is a great gesture from Transport for London to be more inclusive, and I'm sure it will make a lot of people much more comfortable on their commute to work, or touring the City.

There will be those who will call this "PC gone mad", but those people will probably be those who aren't non-binary...etc. So my advice is just to ignore them and enjoy this slice of progress from the City of London.

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