Folx is a gender-neutral way of writing or saying “folks”.  The word folk is already considered a gender-free expression however some in the community feel that it has gender connotations.

You may have noticed X’s appearing in quite a few words, including Latinx and Womxn.

Writing in Latina Magazine, journalist Raquel Reichard said, “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.”

As for Womxn?

Nita Harker, an assistant professor of sociology at Whatcom Community College in Bellington, Wash., and co-organizer of a “Womxn’s March” said, “I actually think the challenge — particularly that it is hard to pronounce in your mind as you read it, that it forces one to stop and think, that it is not just easy and nice and recognizable — is part of the point and the draw. To me, it represents the complexity of gender.”


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