As a step to recognise the trans community, two airlines – Air Vistara and AirAsia – have made a change in their booking option. They have added a third option, titled MX while booking a gender-neutral ticket.
It all began with an online petition which was started in 2020. Inderjeet Ghorpade, a member of the LGBTQIA+ group ‘YesWeExist’ started it. His friend who identifies as a non-binary, trans person, found it difficult to book an airline ticket as none of the companies offers gender-neutral titles.
In a conversation with The Hindu, Mr Ghorpade said,” Many members of the LGBTQI community prefer using the ‘MX’ title. But, I was shocked to see that the ‘MX’ option was not available while booking air tickets in India. To make air ticket booking gender-neutral, I started a petition on Change.org called Change.org/StopPinkWashing.” This is how the need for options for the trans community started.
Taking it to social media, Ghorpade talked…