Together in Colour
Article by Daniel Welsch for the Website of Goethe-Institut, translated by Faith Ann Gibson, 17.7.2020
Anna Heger created one of these alternatives, the non-binary pronoun “xier.” “My pronoun, the xier pronoun, it is sometimes used by trans people, but a lot of people on the trans spectrum are actually using he and she pronouns,” says Anna Heger. “This is something the person in question should decide. Xier is not a trans pronoun per se, it’s a pronoun that could be helpful for non-binary people and that could be used to talk about everybody when you don’t know the genders.”
I usually recommend „xier“
Tweet von @cuffedCatling, 30.06.2020,
I usually recommend „xier“. Not because it is the most used pronoun by nonbinary people (it isn’t, and there isn’t one), but because it is one of the oldest german neopronouns for the current generation of queers, and because all the alternatives have big flaws in my opinion
— hungryKitten (@cuffedCatling) June 30, 2020
Please Don’t Gender Me! – Strategies for Inclusive Language Instruction in a Gender-Diverse Campus Community
Scientific Book Chapter by Angineh Djavadghazaryans, pages 269-287 in “Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies”, ISBN 978-3-030-34341-5, Palgrave Macmillan Cham, 13.02.2020.
The German language does now have gender-neutral options that have been introduced by and are common in the trans community in Germany. […] As these language patterns have not been officially adapted into the language, there exist no universally accepted options and new language forms are still emerging […] Just like English, German has several sets of gender-neutral prouns. The most commonly used and most developed throughout the cases appears to be xier (Xier geht heute einkaufen) while x, nin, seis, sei , sif and sier are lesser known options.
Will a New Law Forever Change the German Language?
Article by Madhvi Ramani for smithsonianmag.com, 28.02.2018
Artist Anna Heger’s suggestion of xier as a personal pronoun, with nouns referring to people modified by an underscore to be made gender neutral (Lehr_erin), could be used for people who do not identify as either male or female as well as when gender is irrelevant.