Transport for London scraps ‘ladies and gentlemen’ from Tube tannoy announcements in gender-neutral move

Editor’s Note: Here is yet another example of how an extreme minority in society is being pandered to and empowered by a sinister Cultural Marxist agenda. So-called ‘oppressed groups’ within society are now elevated above the vast majority of people who essentially have become second class citizens. The idea that using the term ‘ladies and gentlemen’ can somehow be ‘offensive’ is utterly ridiculous. The overwhelming majority of people know that they are male or female and have no issues with identifying as such whether it be by name, dress or by mannerisms. They identify with their natural gender and wouldn’t have it any other way. This move by TfL is ideologically motivated and has no doubt been brought about by pressue groups seeking to advance the Cultural Marxist agenda.

‘The term ‘ladies and gentlemen’ is polite but really belongs to yesterday’, say campaigners.

Transport workers across London have been told to stop using the words “ladies and gentlemen” in tannoy announcements to customers in a city-wide bid to become more gender-neutral.

Bosses at Transport for London told staff to use terms such as “good morning everyone” instead of the more traditional gendered greeting.

All new pre-recorded announcements are also set to be changed to new phrases.

If follows months of campaigning by LGBTQ+ activists who appealed to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to change the “outdated” language which is commonly used by train and bus drivers.

TfL boss of customer strategy, Mark Evers, said they want “everyone to feel welcome on our transport network”.

“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,” he added.

Campaign groups have praised TfL’s move, calling terms such as ladies, gentlemen, sir and madam as “polite but really belonging to yesterday”.

Bernard Reed OBE, a trustee of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society which aims to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people, welcomed the news.

“GIRES has been supporting TfL’s efforts to increase trans awareness among its staff,” said Mr Reed, who this year won an Attitude magazine award with his wife for their lifelong efforts to improve the rights of trans people.

“People have a broad spectrum of gender identities, which could be as a man or as a woman (binary) or in between those identities (non-binary) or as non-gender.

“These diverse identities are increasingly recognised and respected within society.”

A spokesman for charity Stonewall, which champions the rights of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, also backed the move. He said: “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.

“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.”

Equality campaigner and transgender woman Aimee Challenor, who pushed Mayor Sadiq Khan to take action in December last year, called it a “positive commitment from TfL” but that there still is confusion among staff over which terms to use.

Ms Challenor, 19, who had previously suggested using terms like “hello everyone” or “all passengers for…”, said she wants to see the TfL staff rulebook updated with the new policy.

She said: “People are saying it’s such a small thing, and ‘get a life’. It’s these little things which can make people’s lives better.

“London is a city I love travelling through, it’s diverse. But hearing these announcements- we are living in the 21st century, not the 19th”.

Transport for London told the Standard they plan to work through the written guidance given to staff before reviewing and updating it “as quickly as we can”.

Speaking at Mayor’s Question Time towards the end of last month, Mr Khan said: “Transport for London (TfL) serves a vibrant, diverse and multicultural city, and provision of an inclusive transport service is at the heart of TfL’s purpose.

“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.

“TfL has made a commitment to transition from gender-specific phrases like ‘ladies and gentlemen’ which are currently used in announcements, to a gender-neutral alternative such as ‘good morning/good afternoon everyone’.

“TfL has briefed its staff on this, though from time to time, well-meaning staff may still use the term ‘ladies and gentlemen’. If this happens frequently, TfL will issue reminders to staff.

“Revised phrasing will be applied to new pre-recorded announcements made across the network.”

Source Evening Standard

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