๐Ÿ’ญ Do you know how to be gender-neutral in your native tongue?

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ On #InternationalNonbinaryDay โ€“ halfway between International Womenโ€™s and International Menโ€™s Day โ€“ weโ€™re taking a deep-dive into non-binary language.

๐ŸŒ Join @enriqueanarte on a linguistic trip around the globe.
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italian

Highly gendered languages like Italian can make being non-binary difficult.

But some have found a solution in ษ™ โ€“ โ€œschwaโ€ โ€“ which can replace gender markers.

While even some officials use ษ™, many remain critical, saying it endangers the Italian language.
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greek

Many non-binary and genderqueer Greeks use the plural pronoun 'ฮฑฯ…ฯ„ฮฟฮฏ' which encompasses all genders.

In Greek there are also articles before names. Many prefer the neutral 'ฯ„ฮฟ' here instead of the traditional gendered options.
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Polish

The pronouns 'ono'/'jenu' are used by many non-binary Poles instead of the masculine and feminine forms.

But by using those pronouns, many other words will change. Hereโ€™s why. ๐Ÿ‘‡
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norwegian

The Language Council of Norway officially added the gender-neutral pronoun 'hen' to its dictionaries this year.

It can replace the masculine 'han' and the feminine 'hun' โ€“ he and she โ€“ when used.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech

Czech is a very gendered language, meaning other words have gender markers apart from pronouns.

One way to make written words non-binary is by using a * to split gender markers, as @enriqueanarte shows below.

But when speaking many freely switch between genders.
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Portuguese

'Elu'/'Elus' can be used instead of the traditional masculine and feminine forms.

To make the language more gender-neutral, add the suffix '-e' instead of '-o' and '-a' for words like nouns and adjectives.
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spanish

Similar to Portuguese, Spanish non-binary speakers also often replace the traditional gender markers with an โ€˜-eโ€™ instead.
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgarian

Non-binary Bulgarians can use the plural, non-gendered pronoun 'ั‚ะต' instead of the masculine 'ั‚ะพะน' and feminine 'ั‚ั'.

For nouns and adjectives, many combine the plural pronoun 'ั‚ะต' with the singular, traditional masculine form.
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช German

Gender markers are everywhere in German, and traditionally the masculine form has been used to include everyone.

But by adding an asterisk* before the feminine marker when written โ€“ and a pause when spoken - you can include both women and non-binary people.
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romanian

The plural pronouns 'ei'/'lor' is popular among Romanian-speaking non-binary people as an alternative to masculine and feminine forms.

However, many other words will then change when using gender-neutral pronouns. @enriqueanarte explains.
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albanian

'Ai' and 'ajo' are the masculine and feminine pronouns in Albanian.

To make the language more non-binary friendly, many use the plural 'ata' instead โ€“ but be aware that words like names and adjectives will change accordingly.
๐Ÿค” Are you curious about more languages?

๐Ÿงต Take a look at this thread where we explain how to be non-binary in Arabic, Mandarin, Hebrew and many more.

โ—๏ธ ...and finally: non-binary pronouns are far from a new phenomenon. @ShivaniDave tells us more.
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ How can you be gender-neutral in your language?

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