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X's Policy Shift: A Step Back for 2SLGBTQI+ Inclusion




X's recent platform changes—removing pronoun display and softening its stance on deadnaming/misgendering— are a setback for the online 2SLGBTQI+ community.


Deadnaming is using a transgender or non-binary person's birth name, the one given at birth that they no longer identify with. Misgendering refers to someone using pronouns or a gender identity that doesn't match their lived identity.


Displaying pronouns fostered inclusivity among audiences. Its removal forces transgender and non-binary users to navigate interactions without their identities acknowledged. Similarly, a weaker stance on deadnaming/misgendering undermines user control over how they are identified.


X’s move directly contradicts the screen’s earnest efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives. It is more important than ever that filmmakers and producers accurately and respectfully depict 2SLGBTQI+ characters with authentic casting, writing, and a range of stories that reflect rich and diverse lived experiences. 


Despite these setbacks, the screen industry’s dedication to EDI initiatives remains strong. By continuing to prioritize authentic casting, inclusive writing, and partnerships with 2SLGBTQ+ voices, we can ensure that progress continues, both on and off-screen.

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