London train stations to stop saying "Ladies and Gentlemen" because it offended non-binary passengers

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London train stations will replace the automated saying "Hello, ladies and gentleman" with "Hello, everyone" to prevent further offending non-binary passengers.


Train stations in London have decided to stop saying "Hello, Ladies and Gentlemen" over the intercom each morning as commuters buzz about their busy days, because a group of LGBT activist were reportedly upset that the saying discriminated against "people who don't identify within this strict gender binary", as Erin Canty of Upworthy puts it.

Instead, the London transportation office will replace the phrase with "Hello, everyone."

"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," TfL's director of customer strategy, Mark Evers, said in a recent statement.

To most, the common greeting "Hello, Ladies and Gentlemen" acts as white noise - just a congested, croaky voice blaring over the bustle of a fast-paced morning. However, apparently the four words struck the wrong chord with many LGBT activists, who began calling it, and London transportation, "anti-Transgender" and accusing them of not being "gender inclusive". Activist and Mashable writer Katie Dupere called the saying a "booming, gendered greeting over loudspeakers." Others said while the saying was polite, it was simply "outdated".

Aimee Challenor (pictured). 
The spark that would lead to the change of this greeting from four words to just two is thanks to London commuter Aimee Challenor, a transgender woman who claims she was told she "didn't sound like a Miss" during a telephone call to the Tube's helpline in September 2016. Challenor's experience caused LGBTQ activists to advocate for gender training for Tube staff, while also advocating for Tube announcements that recognize a spectrum of gender identities.

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