Has the word “Latinx” ever come across your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? The letter “x,” instead of say an “o” or an “a,” is not a typo. In fact, that final letter is very intentional.
The “x” makes Latino, a masculine identifier, gender-neutral. It also moves beyond Latin@ – which has been used in the past to include both masculine and feminine identities – to encompass genders outside of that limiting man-woman binary.
Latinx, pronounced “La-teen-ex,” includes the numerous people of Latin American descent whose gender identities fluctuate along different points of the spectrum, from agender or nonbinary to gender non-conforming, genderqueer and genderfluid.
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s why people who identify as Latinx resonate with the term: Why We Say Latinx: Trans & Gender Non-Conforming People Explain
Latina magazine and BeVisible are teaming up to celebrate some powerful Latinx movers, shakers and all-around badasses who are bravely and boldly making changes in our communities on issues of racial justice, immigration, gender identity, mental health, criminal injustice, feminism, politics and so much more.Ahead, learn more about these mavericks so that you’re ready to engage with them on what it means to be an activist and organizer during our #LatinxChangeMakers Twitter chat on Tuesday, February 9 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
See these beautiful portraits of the Afro-Mexicans, a minority group often stigmatized by indigenous Mexicans for being ‘too black’: Too Black for Mexico — Cécile Smetana Photographs the Afro-Mexicans Stigmatized for the Color of Their Skin | FotoRoom