The problems regarding Memory Alpha are but a small example of the issues facing so many marginalized people.

Representation matters.

And also an example how a small-minded person's personal bias and prejudice can taint wiki information and sow doubt on the validity 1/?
of the entire site's information.

Once you understand that their info comes from few or one source, you can be cognizant that you're getting that source's spin/bias & opinions, even though it's couched as facts.

Wikis are tricky things. 2/?
They can be free-flowing cantankerous conflicting pits where info changes by the moment or, as is the case with MA, a tightly-honed avenue for unseemly prejudice of the admin/author.

It's important to remember that MA is what it is: a privately-run site by hobbyists who have 3/?
no official connection to CBS, Paramount or Star Trek in any way.

They have made it very clear how they feel about excluding HUMAN (real) non-binary/un-gendered language from their site.

They have the right to operate their site however they see fit.
As such, we also have a right to conclude the fiber of their admins' character and can choose to go elsewhere or even start a different source/reference site that could be considered more accurate than MA.

I would prefer that MAs administration would identify Adira as they 5/?
do with all other human characters they list on their site and state their gender as non-binary, of course, as that IS what canon (and even non-canon sources) dictates.

But if they are going to stand by their personal injection of hate, then we have no choice but to 6/?
question the validity of information of the entire site.

As a fan-fic writer myself, I have utilized MA as a reference tool for 13 years.

But I see now that I can no longer rely on it as a source of reliable information.

And for that I am saddened, but I also know that 7/?
ultimately, the best Trek reference material comes from the true source: the shows & official books themselves.

These works are the best source of reliable and official reference material you can get.

From novels to technical guides to maps & star charts, surround 8/?
yourself with the comfort of knowing that the authors take pride in producing material that proudly shines inclusionary language and characterizations from the show.

Adira and Gray are the evolution of IDIC. They are characters that reflect the reality of our present. 9/?
They are just as important to non-binary and transgender people today as Uhura was to me in the 1960s, a shining beacon of what's *possible* in our future:

Acceptance and the *celebration* of our diversity, not the shoe-horning into preset "norms" of a regressive society. 10/?
Besides the shows themselves which you can watch in myriad ways, rely on the books, star charts & references created by these amazing #StarTrek peeps:

@MikeOkuda @larrynemecek @daytonward @kevindilmore @jmswallow @KRADeC Terry Erdman & Paula Block, @jjmfaraway @unamccormack 11/?
. @dduane Kirsten Beyer, and more.

These people have busted their collective butts to keep Trek alive and provide us with stories, tech manuals,bart reference guides and star charts from which MA gleans it's info.


Finally, it's my personal opinion that Memory Alpha should do what's right and instead of denying Adira's character, (a member of a non-fictional species mind you) any gender identity at all, to be provided with the same respect they provide to fictional ones, and that's
to list Adira's gender as non-binary.

Because it's canon and Trek celebrates it's evolution of inclusion.

And it's canon. 😋😁❤️

LLAP everyone.

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