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    UK: Theaters to ban the phrase ladies and gentlemen under new gender-neutral guidelines



    Under new gender-neutral guidelines, theater audiences in the UK will be liberated from utterly oppressive phrases like ladies and gentlemen. At the same time, Equity, a trade union for actors, has strongly advised against any appearance-based compliments directed at performers.

    Proponents of the new policy argue that theyll create a more equitable environment for LGBT performers and members of the audience who view themselves as neither male nor female, the Daily Mail reports.

    LGBT activists contend that phrases like ladies and gentlemen, that have been used at theaters for decades, are inherently oppressive and exclude individuals like singer Sam Smith who identifies as non-binary.

    The actors union is urging all theaters operating throughout the UK to introduce and uphold gender-neutral terminology for collective calls, both front of house and backstage.

    Additionally, Equitys set of new guidelines also advises against compliments performers on appearance, clothing, voice, quality, identity or being brave.

    The National Theater in London has fallen into line, saying that although it was still using the phrase ladies and gentlemen in some announcements, that it would it a priority to phase these phrases out.

    The Royal Shakespeare Company has also followed suit, announcing that it would strive to create environments which welcome and support trans people and people who identify their gender as fluid.

    Responding to the new gender-neutral guidelines, Nica Burns, the co-owner of Nimax Theater, said: Coming to the theatre is a shared and communal experience in one single auditorium and we want to please our audience and give them a great evening. We wouldnt want anyone to feel offended or annoyed.

    In October, Londons Old Vic theater a theater that was originally established in 1818 replaced male and female bathrooms with gender-neutral offerings instead.

    Source: VoiceofEurope
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    It's freaking me out how such an infinitesimally small minority can induce enough pressure to make sweeping institutional changes like this. They're coercing entire generations now in the blink of an eye - in the US (I know it's not the same but it's probably similar), 60% of those 18-29 polled on Pew Research said they were at least somewhat comfortable with using gender neutral pronouns if asked. It gets worse - the split was close to 50/50 for those 65+ (WTF!!!!) Yeah, I know - lies, damned lies, and statistics, but I thought I could at least bank on the elderly not being sucked into this mass insanity.

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    What phrase is going to replace it? "Peoplekind and humanoids"? They could have just added "...and faggots" to the original line, and everyone ought to feel adressed.
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