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How do you remove gender from Spanish conversations?

Like many romance languages, the Spanish language often places emphasis on gender. This is most commonly noticed with words ending in the letters “o” and “a”. In an effort to remove gender from conversations, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, and feminist communities in Spanish speaking countries have begun to remove gender from their communication using the following methods.

Inclusive Spanish Articles

  • “El”, “Ellos”, “Ella(s)” are changed to “Ele” or “Elles”
  • “Uno(s)” and “Una(s)” are changed to “Une(s)”
  • “Los” and “Las” are changed to “Les”

Examples of inclusive Spanish Nouns

Singular NounsPlural Nouns
“El niño” is changed to “Ele niñe”“Todos” is changed to “todes”
“El jardin” is changed to “Ele jardin”“Los Amigos” is changes to “Les amigues”
“Mi amigo” is changed to “Mi amigue”“Nosotros” and “Nosotras” is changed to “Nosotres”

Examples of inclusive Spanish communication

SpanishEnglish
Soy Latine y mi pronombre es neutro. Llame me ele o elles.I’m Latine and my pronouns are neutral. Call me they or them.
Mi mama es une doctore.My mom is a doctor.
Mi amigue Karla quiere ser ele presidente une día.My friend Karla wants to be president some day.
“Mi hermane siente feliz porque hoy es su cumpleaños.”My sibling is happy today because its their birthday.
“Mi hije es uni estudiante en ele Universidad de Houston.”My child is a student at the University of Houston.
“Ele maestre enseña Español.”The teacher teaches Spanish.