HSBC releases ten gender-neutral titles to customers, coinciding with International Transgender Day of Visibility. Laura Frykberg reports.
In an attempt to rise above discrimination... HSBC has widened the range of titles offered to customers. Now people can pick an extra ten gender-neutral ones. To cater for all identities. (SOUNDBITE) ( English) HSBC'S VIDEO OF PROJECT MANAGER, STUART BARETTE, WHO HEADS THE COMPANY'S TRANS PRIDE NETWORK SAYING: "For transgender people we had Mx, but we didn't have a whole load of other ones, and actually especially for people who don't identify as non binary they don't necessarily always want to use the 'Mx' title." As well as 'Mx' - where 'x' replaces the end of say 'Mr' or 'Mrs'... There's now nine others, including M - where the X is dropped altogether. And 'Mre' the abbreviation of 'Mystery' Plus there's also PR - short for 'Person'. The titles will be applied across a customer's account. Including their bank cards and correspondence. The release coincides with International Transgender Day of Visibility. Which aims to raise awareness of discrimination faced by the transgender community. (SOUNDBITE) ( English) HSBC'S VIDEO OF PROJECT MANAGER, STUART BARETTE, WHO HEADS THE COMPANY'S TRANS PRIDE NETWORK SAYING: "If people understand the challenges people face then we can change. Otherwise nothing is ever going to change if we don't understand each other." Other banks are making that attempt too. Metrobank offers 'Mx' already. While the Royal Bank of Scotland has stopped asking what the customers' mother's maiden name is. To reflect more modern family structures.