LGBT+ inclusive vocabulary in the spanish language

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Nelson, Amanda
Martinez Cepeda, Ivan
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Thesis (B.?)
Honors College
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In recent years, there has been a shift in the climate of the United States regarding the general public’s views on challenges faced by LGBT+ individuals. For example, many well-known brands such as Kohl’s and Nike have begun to advertise and sell items in support of LGBT+ rights (“Pride gear” such as rainbow-themed shoes, etc.). Attendance at events such as pride parades has become commonplace among both LGBT+ persons and heterosexual and/or cisgender allies. As the country moves toward equity of treatment for people of all gender and sexual identities, this thesis aims to gather and report the climate surrounding LGBT+ inclusive words used by Spanish-speakers in the US. Language serves as a vital means of expression, and recently Merriam-Webster added singular gender-neutral pronouns “they” and “themself” to the dictionary. What would be the Spanish version of a gender-neutral pronoun, though? Through anonymous surveys conducted through Qualtrics, responses will be collected to answer this question, as well as questions regarding the terms used in Spanish to describe a person’s sexual orientation.