Ask a Radical Copyeditor: Folx


Ask a Radical Copyeditor


Q: Alex, your recent share from Laverne Cox included the phrase “trans folx.” Is this a thing?

A: Good question! It is a thing. I’ve exclusively seen it from queer and trans people, usually people of color.

In 2014, Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders explained: “Folx might be a more regional California term, but we use it to indicate Q/T/gender-diverse community and to denote a politicized identity.”

So it’s basically a coded way of saying “folks like us”—that is, a within-community expression used by people who are radically non-conforming in terms of gender and/or sexuality and for whom their identities are deeply, radically political.

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One thought on “Ask a Radical Copyeditor: Folx

  1. The main explanation I’ve seen for folx is that it makes the word sort of explicitly gender neutral, because in many languages folks has masc/feminine variations and thus will be translated away from gender neutrality. Using “folx” prevents that. This is why you see it more often among queer/trans communities, since that’s where gender-aware folx congregate, but the usage shouldn’t be limited to us QTs!


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