How to Use Mx.

The Gender-neutral Non-binary Honorific

—-One person, envelope:
———-Mx. (Full name)

—-Couple, envelope:
———-Mx. (Full name)
———-and Mx. (Full name)
—-——–—-Names in alphabetical order by surname:
—-—-———-—-Mx. Taylor Apple
—-—-———-—-and Mx. Jordan Zeffer

—-Letter salutation:
—-——Dear Mx. (Surname),
—-——Dear Mx. (Surname) and Mx. (Surname),
—-——–—-Which would look like:
—-—-———-—-Mx. Apple and Mx. Zeffer,

Mx., the gender-neutral honorific, is an option for those who do not identify as being of a particular gender, or who don’t want to be identified by gender.

But while it is one-honorific-fits-all, it is not acceptable to address others as Mx. (Name) unless they state it’s their preference. It falls into the category of an individual’s preferred honorific like Ms., Mrs., Dr., Professor, Reverend or Pastor, etc.

Period or no period? While it is not an abbreviation, if following American style guides, it is written with a period.  If following British style guides it is written without a period.

–_-Related Forms of Address:
—-—-Boy, Girl, Child
—-—-Couples: Military
——–Couples: Private Citizens

——–Couples: U.S. Officials
Couple, Same Sex
—-—-First Names
—-—-Man or Woman, Social
——–Woman, Married
—-—-Mrs. vs. Ms.
—-—-Spouse of an Official

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