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Latin American/Latino/Latina

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Serves as an umbrella term for people of Latin American ancestry. Latino (and Latina) are inherently gendered terms due to Spanish's gendered language. Latino is considered a pan-ethnic term that does not provide context for someone's language, country of origin, or race.

Also can be written in gender neutral forms of Latinx, or Latin@s. When in doubt, default to Latino, and ask individual parties their preference, if possible.

Note

People who self-identify as Latin American or Latino/Latina may also self-identify as Chicano/Chicana, Hispanic, or Latinx.

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