New York City has officially changed the script on what train conductors and bus drivers will say to its passengers.
The subways and buses in NYC will now be using gender-neutral announcements. Instead of using the phrase, “ladies and gentleman,” they will now use more inclusive gender-neutral terms like “passenger,” “rider,” and “everyone.”
Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Jon Weinstein said, "We’re fundamentally changing the way we talk with riders to give them better and clearer information."
Of course, some folks took to Twitter to express their contempt. (Could you imagine being appalled by something so unbelievably minuscule that in no way affects you as a cis person?)
Good God. How in the hell does a biology teacher explain XY and XX anymore?
I think we need a do-over, at this point. Reboot. We've lost our freaking minds.
— [Kim]berly Barnes (@KTB_Writer) November 12, 2017
What’s next? No more “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to Fenway Park” for Boston?
— Paul Kulig (@PKulig) November 11, 2017
— R.A Corbin (@TheRealRVonYork) November 11, 2017
Regardless of the haters, we’re super happy to see the changes. Thank you NYC! Hopefully others will follow suit.