Kathryn Lindsay
April 26, 2016 8:38 am
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The Merriam-Webster dictionary just took a huge step for LGBTQ+ visibility and we’re so here for it! On Monday, the dictionary, which was founded in 1828, posted on their Twitter account addressing people’s curiosity about the term “genderqueer” and why it’s a necessary addition to their lexicon.

Merriam-Webster, a company under Encyclopædia Britannicaofficially defines genderqueer as “of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female.”

The dictionary announced that it added the words “genderqueer,” “cisgender” and “Mx.” last week:

Gender identity is a complex topic that’s getting well-deserved mainstream attention, so adding the necessary vocabulary to the dictionary is another way of validating exactly what that discussion is working towards: visibility. The point of Merriam-Webster’s tweet is this: If people are confused about a word, the most likely place they’ll turn is the dictionary. It’s important that those resources are as up to date and accurate as possible. Makes sense to us!

Users on Twitter are building upon the conversation, thanking Merriam-Webster for giving “genderqueer” people more visibility:

We love that Merriam-Webster takes their mission seriously — and that they drew attention to this issue with no small about of sass.

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