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AP Stylebook’s Progressive Changes

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“After the speaker is selected, they will present today.” I couldn’t have written that sentence a few weeks ago and have it be Associated Press-style compliant. Though the iconic 2017 Stylebook doesn’t come out until May 31, the online style guide is available now and, as the media world often does, errs on the progressive side. One of the new major changes includes embracing the gender-neutral pronoun.

Another progressive change is no longer linking gender and sex. Avoid references to both, either or opposite sexes or genders to encompass all people. LGBTQ, homophobia and homophobic also have changed.

Emily Tracy, SPR Atlanta

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