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The Global Press Style Guide

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Latina/Latino/Latinx

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Only use Latina, Latino or Latinx when a source self-identifies as such. Specify a person’s nationality when possible and relevant.

Do not use Latina, Latino or Latinx interchangeably with nationalities, regions, cultures or the term Hispanic, which is banned by this guide. Always use “Latin American” as a gender-neutral option and for plural references.

Rationale:

Precise references promote reader clarity and afford sources opportunities to describe themselves in distinct ways.

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.

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.

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.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Rule:

Do not use Tamil Tigers to refer to this armed group. Instead, use the full formal name. LTTE is acceptable on second reference.

Rationale:

Some shortened versions or nicknames of such organizations can reveal bias. Precise references promote reader clarity.

Line of Control

Rule:

Use the capitalized term Line of Control to refer to the informal border that separates the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Do not refer to this informal border as an international border.

Rationale:

The legal framework regarding this informal border is frequently misunderstood. Precise references to complex geopolitical situations ensures accuracy and reader clarity.