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Latina/o/x

December 8, 2015

Anyone following the recent protests on college campuses may have noticed a word that simply didn’t exist a year or two ago -- Latinx.

At Pomona College, for example, student activists demanded in a letter that their president meet with each of six “affinity groups.” Among them: “Latinx students.”

These Latinx students are the same group who would, a year ago, have been grouped under the terms “Latina,” “Latino” or, commonly, “Latino/a” (or even “Latin@”). But, in order to escape the implicit gender binary there and include all possible gender and sexual identities, the final gender-determining syllable is increasingly being replaced with an X. Full story.

 

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