Hey #esperanto speakers (especially #genderqueer ones), what is/are the third person neutral pronoun(s)? I saw the debate on ĝi and li, what is commonly used?
I also appreciate any article on gender in esperanto.

#nonbinary #thirdgender #genderneutral #queer #lgbt

@Fenris

The most common is actually "tiu". It is called a "correlative", but it works well as a pronoun.
- Tiu (persono) volas la pomon.
- Mi volas la pomon de tiu (persono).
- Mi ŝatas tiun (personon)

"Li" is masculine. It was used as a epicene by some people 130 years ago. Almost no one understand it as an epicene now, so don't use it.


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@Fenris

"Ĝi" is used as a neutral pronoun time to time. You can use it, but some people don't like that the same pronoun is used for humans and objects, even if this is done (but rarely) in Esperanto since the beginning.


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@Fenris

"Ri" is a pronoun, that is quite new (around 40 years old). I guess around half of the Esperantists can understand it. It varies widely depending on the community. For some it is an everyday word, for some it is just a craze.

"Ri" is sometimes prefered to "Ĝi" because it is more precise. "Ĝi" can refer to any element of the previous sentence, but with "Ri", it is clear that it is about a person.


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