London Tube Staff Told Not To Use “Outdated” Gendered Language, People Freak Out

13 July 2017, 12:19 | Updated: 13 July 2017, 12:22

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Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

Here come the 'anti-PC culture' brigade...

It was announced today that transport workers on the tube in London will stop using the words "ladies and gentlemen" in tannoy announcements to customers in a bid to become more gender-neutral.

If you've ever been on the tube in London, it's quite common to hear staff say "good morning, ladies and gentlemen" as people get on & off the train. Now, Transport for London has told staff to use terms such as "good morning everyone" instead. London tube is officially woke.


It follows months of campaigning by LGBTQ+ activists to change the “outdated” language. TfL boss of customer strategy Mark Evers agreed, saying 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."

Sounds like a nice thing to do, right? Well, instead of reporting this as the positive, inclusive thing that it is, one news broadcaster, ITV, ran with an headline that implied tube staff were now "banned" from using 'ladies and gentlemen', which seemed to spring the 'anti-PC brigade' into action.





I think you get the picture. Many people have come out in support of the change, including mega bae Olly Alexander from Years & Years.





Here's the tea: this is NOT a ban. In fact, TfL have even acknowledged that "well meaning staff may still use 'ladies & gentlemen' from time to time". Nobody is going to lose their jobs if they use the gendered terms. 

This is a change in language. As a spokesperson for Stonewall commented, 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. If this small change helps people feel included and accounted for, then surely it's a good thing. What are cis-gendered people really losing here? The answer is quite obvious: nothing.