London North Eastern Railway issued a grovelling apology on Tuesday to a passenger called Laurence. Laurence was on a train to God only knows where, when he had a fit after the driver addressed the passengers as “ladies and gentlemen and boys and girls.”
Laurence, who thinks he’s non-binary, whatever the hell that is, had a proper hissy fit and took to Twitter.
“Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls” he said. “So as a non binary person this announcement doesn’t actually apply to me so I wont listen @LNER.”
But London North Eastern Railway was awfully sorry and moved quickly to apologise to the little snowflake. @LNER replied:
“I’m really sorry to see this Laurence. Our train managers should not be using language like this, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention. Please could you let me know which service you are on and I will ensure they remain as inclusive as we strive to be at LNER.”
Laurence was well chuffed.
I’ve emailed London North Eastern Railway, to tell them that as a Lucky Charms eating Leprechaun, I will not stand for being mis-identified or mis-gendered on their trains either.
Ah train journeys of the future eh?
“Good morning Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary’s, agender’s, androgyne’s. cisgender’s, bigender’s, demigender’s, gender non-conforming’s, genderfluid’s, genderqueer’s, queers. butches, bitches, pangender’s, welcome to this short service from Manchester Picadilly to Stockport.”