What is the difference between Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms and Mx?
Posted on 22nd October 2019
Recently famous musician Sam Smith announced that they were none binary, essentially meaning that they did not identify as either male or female. In their words they “float somewhere in between” and as such would prefer their fans not to use male and female pronouns, but instead general natural ones when referring to them.
As such this has led to organisers for the Brits Awards to announce that they are considering dropping the gender categories, such as best female artist and best make artist, in order to accommodate all genders and to avoid any upset and offence.
To the family department at MG Legal this causes no problem - we believe everyone should be entitled to live their life in a way that makes them happy; in fact, over past year we have seen an increase in clients instructing our family solicitors, for name changes due to them changing gender.
Of course when a person changes gender they become the opposite sex, therefore going from Mr to Miss or Miss to Mr, but as in the case of Sam Smith, what happens when a client identifies as both or neither genders? We’ll this is where Mx comes into play.
Mx is the title used when a person does not wish to identity their gender, and in the 1970s was a very popular title used by non-binary people. As the world has become more accepting and supportive towards non-binary people the title has come back into circulation. In fact in 2013 Brighton and Hove City Council voted to allow the non-gender title to be included and accepted on their Council forms, quickly following suit where other companies such as Royal Mail, Royal Bank of Scotland and other major banks. As of 2015 the title was included as an option for most government documents such as passports and driving licences.
Although there is still a long way to go and not all companies have embraced the move, our Family department would say this is a step in the right direction.
Should you ever need to instruct us in any Family matter, we, as your local Family Solicitors would be more than happy to refer to you as Mx, or the title you feel most comfortable using.
Should you have any questions or wants to book in for a change of name appointment then pop into our Lancaster office or give one of our family law experts a call on 01524 581306 and our Lancaster Team will assist wherever possible.
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