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Me encanta. Love it. Although unfortunately the TRAS have managed to force gender neutrality, I see many people using x, i, or @ instead of the a/o. "Lxs chicxs" or "L@s chic@s" is often seen as an alternative to gendered language.

[–] Lipsy #bornnotworn 4 points Edited

The @ as combination a/o is old-school AF—if you dig up a flyer from an '80's or '90's alt music scene anywhere in spanish-speaking South America, it'll be littered with words ending -@s—and I kinda like it.
It doesn't land too well with young people who are trans or trans "allies", though. The NBs all feel personally attacked/excluded by it (for reasons that actually almost kinda make sense, if you ignore the fundamental spoiled-brattery of nb identities and just dig into how they use words), and... well, it was a punky rocker scenester and riot grrrrl thing as long ago as the '80's, and as we all know, '80's kids went to driving school on dinosaurback and are now anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 years old.

The X-as-vowel is drag culture, in exactly precisely the same way as in the US (I've never seen "gxrls" anywhere except RuPaul's Drag Race).
The difference is that, especially in Mexico, there are a fair number of drag queens who are pop stars with multiple songs cracking the Top 100/Billboard Magazine charts—which pushes random bits of drag culture like "x" as a vowel closer to the mainstream. Not into it per se, but, closer than otherwise.
I'm even a fan of a couple of them, e.g., this song is on a bunch of my playlists. That singer is a pop star in Mexico, but he was actually born in Bell, CA (not even 10 miles from where I'm sitting right now).

Tangential because not Spanish: The other country with tons of drag-queen popstars is Brazil. What's kinda wild is that most of those Brazilian boys don't use ANY Female-coded words for themselves, ever.
This dude who also lives in my playlists is a whole-ass boy whose drag name is ... a second whole-ass boy name (Pabllo Vittar), which except for that double 'l' is way closer to stodgy collared-shirt-wearing old men's names than his birth name is.