Transport for London is implementing a new system of gender-neutral greetings across all public transit in the capital city.
In addition to telling transport workers to swap out “ladies and gentleman” for phrases such as “good morning everyone,” bosses at TfL are also updating the pre-recorded announcements on the city’s buses and underground trains to reflect a neutral tone.
The move comes after months of campaigning by LGBT activists, who urged Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to scrap the outdated language for something more modern and forward-thinking.
Mark Evers, TfL boss of customer strategy, said the decision was an easy one to make as the ultimate goal is for “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.
A spokesperson for LGBT charity Stonewall praised the initiative, calling it a victory for inclusion.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
In a conference last month, Mayor Khan echoed this sentiment: “Transport for London serves a vibrant, diverse and multicultural city, and provision of an inclusive transport service is at the heart of TfL’s purpose.”
The move comes just days after London Pride, which saw thousands of people gathering in the city to celebrate diversity and tolerance. This year’s parade was a great success and even had a pair of adorable proposals that had the crowd going wild for love.