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The Global Press Style Guide

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Latina/Latino/Latinx

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Use Latina or Latino when a source self-identifies as such. Specify a person’s nationality when possible.

Do not use Latina or Latino interchangeably with Hispanic. Do not use Latinx unless a source self-identifies as such. In general, use Latin American as a gender-neutral option.

None of these terms should be used interchangeably with nationalities, regions or cultures.

Rationale:

Accurate use of each phrase or word is necessary for reader clarity.

LGBT/Q/I/A

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not use LGBT or another similar acronym as a default reference for a community, because such acronyms are not identically defined around the world.

Instead, describe sources in precise terms, based on each source’s self-identification. That self-identification might include an acronym such as LGBT or another similar acronym.

Do not assume that a source seeks affiliation with a larger group.

Rationale:

Terms related to gender identity and sexual orientation vary by location. Sources must be afforded dignity, regardless of the legal and social realities of their home locations, and must have a reasonable expectation that their personal security will be respected.

Do not use this acronym as default style to describe groups, people or concepts related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues. Instead, describe the specific group in precise terms.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Rule:

Use the full, formal name of this organization, when referring to Sri Lanka’s civil war. LTTE is acceptable on second reference. Do not use the name Tamil Tigers.

Rationale:

Precise references to organizations involved in controversial events are key to accuracy. Some shortened versions or nicknames of such organizations can reveal bias.

Line of Control

Rule:

Use the term Line of Control to refer to the line, guarded by military, that separates the sections of the Kashmir region held by Pakistan and India. This line is not an extension of the international boundary between the two countries in other areas. Do not refer to this line as an international border.

Rationale:

The legal framework regarding this line is frequently misunderstood. The Line of Control continues to be a source of disputes between Pakistan and India. A lack of precision can result in serious violence in this region.