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London's Subway Is Going Gender-Neutral To Support LGBTQ Passengers

By Mark Pygas

London's underground is going gender-neutral with greetings to passengers on announcements and trains being changed from "ladies and gentlemen" to "hello everyone." The revised phrasing will be applied to all new pre-recorded announcements made across the transport network. 

Sian Berry, a member of the English Green Party, proposed the change at a meeting with the mayor in June. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said at the time

"I am aware that some customers may not relate to or feel comfortable with the way that certain station announcements are made." 
"I am keen that Transport for London (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."