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Christian opposition to TFL's new gender-neutral greeting

Fri 14 Jul 2017
By Tola Mbakwe

A Christian campaigner has criticised a move by Transport for London to start new gender-neutral announcements on the Underground.

London Underground staff have been instructed to no longer use the phrase "ladies and gentleman" when greeting and making announcements to travellers.

Staff will now use greetings "good morning everyone" to ensure that all passengers feel "welcome".

 Colin Hart from the Coalition for Marriage said making the change is a waste of money.

He said: "Re-recording TfL's announcements to remove gender is a total waste of public money.

"Only ideological extremists could think that there was something offensive about the idea that the public comprises men and women.

"There is nothing offensive about the term 'ladies and gentlemen' - it is simply good manners."

Hart also accused Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, of pushing an unwanted agenda.

He added: "The Mayor of London should recognise real diversity of opinion and stop using his position to push extreme gender ideology down the throats of the public."

TFL debuted a bold new design last month for LGBT month and Pride Day.

#loveislove can be seen above the Oxford Street entrance of Tottenham Court Road station and has been incorporated into a number of rainbow roundels at Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus Tube stations.

Speaking of the Ride with Pride campaign, Khan said: "Here in London, you're free to love whoever you want to love and be whoever you want to be.

"That's just one of the reasons why our city is seen as a beacon for the LGBT+ community and has such a vibrant, thriving scene - one that is bursting with colour, and contributes hugely to the life and soul of London."

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