British Airways to introduce non-binary gender option for passengers

British Airways Boeing 757-200

British Airways has joined other major airlines and will introduce a non-binary gender option for passengers.

When booking a flight, those not identifying as either male or female will find a new gender option to select.

British Airways follows suit

The largest airline in the UK has followed in the footsteps of US companies Delta, JetBlue, United, and American Airlines.

Air New Zealand has also announced they are going to provide gender-neutral options.

‘We know how important it is for all of our customers to feel comfortable and welcome no matter how they self-identify,’ a spokesman for British Airways said.

‘We are working to change our booking platform to reflect this,’ he also added.

‘A big move’

Six airlines confirmed on 15 February they are in the process of adding ‘undisclosed’ or ‘unspecified’ to their gender options. There may also be the optional title ‘Mx’.

The proposal received an enthusiastic welcome.

‘It’s a big move,’ Julia Ehrt, of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

‘Persons presenting as gender non-conforming or trans persons who might not have been able to change their name or gender markers in passports regularly have serious challenges in traveling,’ she also said.

‘That can range from being challenged about your gender marker or first name upon check-in or at security, through to outright denial of being able to board a plane.’

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Trans non-binary couple announce pregnancy with the sweetest picture

Jay and Reuben showing an ultrasound scan of their baby.

British trans non-binary couple have finally fulfilled their dream to become parents.

Reuben and Jay had started a GoFundMe in April 2018 to raise the necessary funds to pay for the treatment.

After undergoing two IUI (intrauterine insemination) attempts, they announced Reuben is pregnant on 21 February.

‘So… We’ve been keeping a little secret’ Jay tweeted.

‘IUI round 2 was a huge success! My boyfriend is pregnant!’ they also added.

They also shared a closeup of their baby.

‘Already getting their selfie game strong, just look at that profile!’ they wrote.

The fertility fundraiser

The couple also thanked those who contributed to their fundraiser.

‘Would like to take this chance to thank anyone who’s RT’d, contributed to or shared our fertility fundraiser,’ Jay wrote in a tweet.

‘I honestly don’t know how we could have pulled this off without the support we got, financially and emotionally. Can’t begin to put it into words. We’re just so grateful.’

The fertility journey of a trans couple

Reuben and Jay set the GoFundMe page on 5 April 2018.

They shed a light on the obstacles a trans couple have to face along their journey to become parents.

‘We are both trans/non-binary trans and don’t have a drop of sperm between us! However, we have found a donor from within the Brighton trans community who has amazingly and kindly offered to help with this.’

‘I have always wanted to become a parent, and initially believed that I would do this through adoption. However, I realised that due to my circumstances and the difficult nature of the adoption process this option is sadly not available to me,’ Reuben wrote.

‘As a queer couple, we have come across many barriers to the fertility treatment that we require to conceive our baby!

‘Most frustratingly, the type of help that we are looking for would be available for us for free if either of us were assigned male at birth and had viable sperm!’

Despite difficulties, their second IUI attempt was successful and the couple is now expecting a baby, to whom they refer using they/them pronouns.

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Netflix may cancel One Day At A Time — this is why LGBTIs should be worried

Syd and Elena in One Day At A Time.

Critically acclaimed Netflix’s One Day At A Time might get canceled, decreasing LGBTI representation across the streaming giant’s catalog.

The series is a reboot of the 1975-84 show of the same name, following a Cuban-American family through everyday life.

What makes the reboot remarkable, however, is the way it tackles issues such as sexism and sexual consent, alongside racism, homophobia and mental health.

The show also boasts some positive LGBTI characters, serving underrepresented audiences such as the non-binary community.

One of the protagonists, teenager Elena (Isabella Gomez) comes out as a lesbian and starts dating Syd. They identify as non-binary and repeatedly school audiences on how to use the correct pronouns.

‘Tell friends to watch!’

Co-created by Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, the show has a loyal fanbase. Nonetheless, this might not be enough for Netflix to greenlight a renewal.

After a meeting with Netflix’s executives, Calderón Kellett called on fans to spread the word about the show.

‘They made clear that they love the show, love how it serves underrepresented audiences, love its heart & humor, but…we need more viewers. They’ll decide soon,’ she said on 20 February.

‘I wish I felt more confident. WHAT CAN YOU DO? Tell friends to watch!’

In the tweet, she also included the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score for each of the three seasons. One Day At A Time has a 100% fresh score on the last two seasons and a 97% score on season one.

Isabella Gomez also joined the cause, retweeting the original post and including a rainbow flag emoji.

‘#ODAAT fans, we need your help. We adore this show and the representation and perspectives we get to bring to TV. So, if you’d like a S4, let @netflix know! Get your friends to watch! Spread the word!’ she tweeted.

Fans are begging for season four of One Day At A Time

Many in the ODAAT fandom have taken to social media to ask Netflix to renew the show.

One more reason for Netflix to renew One Day At A Time?

Blessing fans with more scenes like the iconic moment where legendary West Side Story actress Rita Moreno — who plays Elena’s Catholic grandmother, Lydia — finds out her granddaughter is a lesbian.

Watch the clip below:

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