straight for equality
Talking Inclusively: April 2017

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National's Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBT issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can use to lead a discussion focused on how we can make space that is more welcoming for everyone.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Run across an article you’d like us to consider? Let us know by e-mailing info@straightforequality.org.

This month’s article:

Latino/a vs. Latinx vs. Latine: Which Worde Best Solves Spanish’s Gender Problem

Source: Latina

Author: Raquel Reichard

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Have you seen or heard someone use the term Latinx? If so, when and where? Was any explanation as to why that terminology was being used provided at the time?
     
  2. Swarthmore students Gilbert Orbea and Gilbert Guerra wrote an op-ed that claims the term Latinx is a form of cultural appropriation that places a “distinctly American viewpoint” on the Spanish language. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
     
  3. Terminology can pose challenges for allies who may not always be in-the-know about how and why such changes happen. What are some examples of shifts in LGBTQ-specific language that you have encountered?