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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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