New York Cabbies Told to Learn Transgender Pronouns, Discuss Gender with Customers
Taxi drivers must ask passengers which gender they 'identify' with to be 'more inclusive'
Taxi drivers in New York City have been told to learn transgender pronouns and ask customers which gender they "identify" with, in a new effort to be "more inclusive."
The city’s 200,000 cabbies and hired drivers have come under pressure from New York officials to openly discuss gender identity with their passengers.
The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission's “Office of Inclusion” has sent out a new set of guidelines for cabbies which states that quizzing a person about their gender is a "way to show respect."
“Ask the passenger what their pronoun is,” says one of the instructions for taxicab drivers.
An email sent by the Commission states:
Using someone’s preferred pronoun is a simple way to show respect.
Ask the passenger what their pronoun is.
Do not assume someone’s pronoun because of their appearance or name on the app. …
Introduce yourself and share your pronouns. …
If you make a mistake using a pronoun, be sure to apologize.
The “Inclusive Language Tips” are intended to raise the social status of people who claim to have switched sexes.
But they also reduce the status of taxicab drivers by pressuring them to submit to the transgender ideology’s jarring claim that men are entitled to be treated as women once they declare themselves to be women, according to Breitbart.
The rules also prod millions of passengers to accept the ideology’s claim that people can change their sex by merely changing their “gender identity,” regardless of their body or demeanor.
The instructions also suggest that drivers can ignore the obvious evidence of each passenger’s male or female sex and, instead, impose the transgender pronouns on customers who do not claim to be transgender:
“Ask the passenger what their pronoun is …
"If you do not want to ask, you can … use the gender-neutral pronoun such as they or ze.”
For at least 100 years, taxi drivers have had the ability, the public trust, and the legal freedom to make their own judgments about the sex, pronouns, and titles of their passengers, regardless of the drivers’ wealth, education, or social status.
This personal authority has had its own checks and balances, including the prospect of tips for good judgment, tact, and politeness.
The interaction was made easy in the United States partly because cabbies and other Americans were under no pressure to use foreign titles other than “sir” for men and “ma’am” for women.
But the new “Tips” — which are not regulations or laws — apply to drivers regardless of their prior status.
Many of the drivers are religiously observant or have had training in science.
Seventy-one percent of cabbies and drivers are immigrants, including many who have their civic rules shaped by Islam or Hinduism:
Newsday posted the “Tips”:
The tips are not new policy; they are just suggestions, not binding rules, according to Rebecca Harshbarger, a spokeswoman for the regulator, the Taxi & Limousine Commission, which licenses the industry.
In 2018, [Mayor Bill] de Blasio signed legislation giving city residents three gender options on their birth certificates, including “X” for neither male nor female.
In 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued legal guidance to employers, landlords, businesses and other professionals to use preferred pronouns, and that “refusal to use a transgender employee’s preferred name, pronoun, or title may constitute unlawful gender-based harassment.”