HSBC to offer customers choice of ten titles to show they are gender neutral
by Katie Morley, Telegraph:
For most people it takes nothing more than a mindless flick of a pen, but for thousands of people in the transgender community selecting an appropriate title when filling out forms is not so simple.
When asked to choose between ticking “Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms”, many individuals who do not identify with a particular gender have for decades felt forced into choosing the wrong box.
But finally it appears that their voice is starting to be heard and the conundrum addressed.
In 2015 a new gender neutral title ‘Mx’ joined the usual honorifics on driving licences and other official documents in what was the first change to officially recognized titles in living memory.
And now one of Britain’s biggest banks, HSBC, has gone further, by offering customers the widest ever choice of titles as it has unveiled a selection of ten gender neutral options.
The new titles are available to people who do not identify as a particular gender, or who do not want to be identified by gender. They include Ind, which stands for “individual”, Mre, which is short for “mystery” and Pr which means “person”.