The Transport for London (TfL) authorities have decided to do away with ‘ladies and gentlemen’ in their public transport announcements. In an attempt to bring in gender neutrality, the authorities instructed its staff on Thursday to avoid using the phrase, which was called “outdated” by some.
This change is applied across TfL’s services. The staff of the Tube has been instructed to use ‘Hello everyone’ instead, which would also be incorporated into the pre-recorded announcements.
The development comes in months after the extensive campaigns for equality and gender neutrality. LGBTQ+ activists were pressing for the phrase to be eliminated from the Tube’s announcements.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called it a “positive decision”. Stonewall, an LGBT organization welcomed the “gender neutral announcements rolled out across TfL”. A spokesman of the organization was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying, “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 want everyone to feel welcome on our transport network,” said Mark Evers, Customer Strategy Director of TfL. “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.