Several months ago, I came across the word "Lantix." I had no idea what it meant. So naturally, I went on a Google search binge, which led to a haven of terms I had never heard of before. As we become more socially conscious, new words sprout up and sometimes resources seem scarce.
Thankfully, it was easy to figure out what 'Lantix' means. Lantix is a term to identify someone who is Latin American, without being gender specific. The term works to be a gender neutral alternative. Because gender can be much more complicated than "female" and "male," the term creates a way to identify cultural heritage, without bringing in gender.
This is what Christina Licea, a Cuban Lantix living in Miami had to say about identifying as 'Lantix':
"To me, identifying as Latinx is embracing the intersection between cultural identity and gender. It's about inclusiveness, making sure everyone is accounted for. Spanish, in particular, is a heavily gendered language; everything is male or female. So what about non-binary trans people? We love our culture and want to be included, too. I identify as Latinx to assure everyone's voice is heard." (The Flama)
New terms are being invented to give consideration to those who may not be a cis male or cis female, or perhaps --they prefer not to be identified that way.
By the way, cisgendered refers to someone who feel there is a match between their assigned sex and the gender they feel themselves to be. For example, if my birth certificate states I am female, and I identify as female, then I would be a cis female.
WOW, so much to learn!
I initially thought the term cisgender was a term that was just invented in the new millennium. However, it was actually coined in 1990, according to The Atlantic.
It is a gender-neutral/ all-inclusive/non-binary term of someone who is Latin American or belongs to a Latin American heritage.