• We appreciate the discussion here. We encourage you, if you haven’t already, to check out our new special issue on Latinx theatre, of which this story about Teatro Publico is a part: http://www.americantheatre.org/category/special-section/latinx-theatre-in-the-u-s/. Included in this editorial package is a piece explaining why we’ve embraced Latinx over Latino as our generic adjective for people of Latin American descent; many sources weighed in, and we did not make the decision lightly: http://www.americantheatre.org/2016/11/29/x-marks-the-spot-why-were-embracing-latinx/

  • Xavier Rodriguez

    Maybe there aren’t many “Latinx” theaters because most Latinos (outside of academia and white liberal circles) know to not use the term Latinx when referring to our vibrant Latino theater community which exists nationwide. Unless trying to identitfy with a transgender/transexual identity exclusively, the term Latinx should not be used in referring to our “Latino theater community” and/or the “greater Latino community” for that matter as well. Instead of jumping on this misdirected band wagon of people using this stupid silly recently adopted nomenclature in the term known as “Latinx”, a much greater discussion should be had as to why multiple traditional Chicano theater troupes (and other Latino theater groups) with multiple decades of works have been all but virtual ignored by the great majority of mainstream media and even a publication like this one to some degree. I as a Latino artist do not refer to myslef as a Latinx performer and would appreciate it if you didn’t assume that I like your appropriation of this term which is very offensive to many of us who are proud Latinos of our community and have no problem with an appreciation of proper Spanish. This insistence of people who are either “ignorant” or “disrespectful” to the proper usage of Spanish attempting to hi-jack our culture to make it more politically correct and/or white liberal agreeing is disgusting. In case you or any of the other writers of this publication, or the readers are not aware… the term Latino does already include women, gays, lesbians, transgenders and anyone else you can think of. Usage of Latina is exclusively for Latinas only. Usage of Latinx should be for the ignorant and/or transgender association alone. More so, traditional established Chicano/Latino theater groups nationwide should be getting much more exposure and prominence in American culture and this publication than than they presently are. It’s time!! It’s far from being long overdue! It’s critically important and needed at this time of our American history. Or should we rather start saying our “Americanx history” because of course we want so hard to be inclusive.. right? Lastly, I encourage American Theater magazine to have Latinos write about ourselves. Our voices need to be heard!! And much more often than they presently are…. C/S (con safos)

    • Annabel

      Hi Xavier, my name is Annabel and I’m a Latina theatre artist/administrator based out of New York. I was also present at the LTC Convening that just occurred this past weekend in New York. From my person point of view, the use of the masculine “o” to refer to everyone is offensive to me. I’m Latina. I want that space. I want that acknowledgement. I’m not Latino. I am HERE! So, with that in mind, I am 100% in support of using Latinx because I want to give trans folks space, voice, and an acknowledgement that they are HERE too!!! I see this effort to be more inclusive a positive, and from my time at the convening, I know for a fact that other folks see it as a positive too. We are all in this together, Xavier, and I do agree with you, it’s time for us, for ALL of our voices to be heard and this might just be the way. From a loud proud Laredo, Texas gal, K/Z indeed.

      • Xavier Rodriguez

        It’s real simple Annabel. I’m a Latino. You’re a Latina. I’m not a Latina. Therefore I’d never use Latina in describing myself just as you’d never use Latino in describing yourself. Y que? You’re missing the point. You’re not an “x”. Latinx is a ridiculous new invention of pseuo-intellectuals wanting to be politically correct. Nowhere in your rebut did you refer to yourself as a Latinx, So then the question again is. Are you comfortable with the term Latinx? If so, why didn’t you use it in describing yourself here?? Generally speaking, usage of Latinx would imply that you’re transexual. I’m not, so don’t attach the label to me when not appropriate or desired. BTW “inclusiveness” does not suggest that everyone should be perceived as being alike. Because we aren’t. Men are not women.. and women are not men. The Spanish language has no grammatical objection with you’re usage of the term Latina- nor does anyone I’ve ever met in society. Your point is mute. Furthermore you’re insistance in wanting to use the “a” for Latina only validates my point. You’re a Latina who likes an “a” just as I’m a Latino that likes the “o”. I’d love to know if you’d ever describe yourself in a conversation with your friends that you’re Latinx with the usage of an “x” as opposed to a Latina with the usage of an “a”? Probalby not… or correct me if I’m wrong. The floor is yours. I won’t even rebut. Are you Latinx?

        • Annabel

          A lot of the things you said were hurtful to me and to many other folks. Here is a good tool written for us by us for you to educate yourself and not cause harm to others:

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-people-are-using-the-term-latinx_us_57753328e4b0cc0fa136a159

          Using Latino to describe all Latinx people is patriarchal and ignores that gender is not a binary or male dominated…ju know?

          YES, I’m LatinA, you’re right about that, but I have NO problem lifting up LatinX and LatinX theatre because this is bigger than me. I’m SO proud of a movement that breaks down homophobia and transphobia, something very near and dear to the LatinOOOOOO community.

          Con amor, Annabel

          • New Perspectives

            Hi Annabel. Like you, I too am a Latina feminist.. a long time one in fact. Just as it is very important for men to understand our concerns as women, It’s equally important that women really do attempt to understand the concerns of men when speaking from their hearts. I don’t think Xavier was trying to be homophobic or misogynistic in describing his preference for the traditional term Latino which does already include women and transgenders in it’s meaning, etc. There are always two sides to every argument. I do feel sorry for the Latin man these days that does seem to be specifically targeted with so much wrongful vilification in society right now. We as U.S. born Latin descent people need to uphold each other in every way when others are truly trying to tear us down. Not all Latin men are rapist and murders for example. Many of them are truly descent and great. How often do you hear this portrayal? So too, not all feminists are offended by a usage of proper Spanish. Here’s one proud Latina that’s not. Another good article from Latino Rebels does give another point of view: http://www.latinorebels.com/2015/12/12/the-x-ing-of-language-the-case-against-latinix/ 😉 <3