Now that Mx is getting more attention in the media and more acceptance in general, I’m seeing a lot of confusion. Some of it had even found its way into the wikipedia page. It’s inevitable, of course, but I might as well counter some of them now.
Mx is not a title for transgender people. Yes, trans people can use it, but that’s not who it’s intended for. I’ve seen a couple of articles imply that Mx is a title for trans people or “people who are in the process of changing gender”. This isn’t just wrong, it’s harmful. To my knowledge, the vast majority of trans people are binary, ie: men or women, and since trans people aren’t any different gender-wise from cis people, they’ll use the usual gendered options (Mr, Ms, etc). There is no legal or practical need to use Mx for a few months in between binary titles.
Mx is not a nonbinary title. I can see how this crept in, because nonbinary people who aren’t reverends or doctors are often forced to use Mx because there’s nothing else suitable - in the same way that men are forced to use Mr. But Mx is a gender-inclusive title, which means people of any gender can use it. It’s an option for people who don’t want to indicate a binary gender in their title, in the same way that Ms is for people who don’t want to indicate their marital status in their title. You can use it for someone when you don’t know their title yet, too. It says nothing whatsoever about the person’s gender; that’s the whole point.
Mx was originally pronounced Mix/Mux, like Ms - not Mixter. The pronunciation Mixter came along 20 years after its creation, around 2000. In my opinion Mixter has a really masculine feel because it’s so similar to Mr (and androgyny as masculine is a really common and harmful thing), meaning it may well suck for trans people often read as male. In my opinion it also sounds like a bad DJ name and I don’t like that for myself. Plus pretty much everyone who’s not familiar with it assumes you’ve said Mister wrongly. Having said all that, if you like it pronounced Mixter then that is fine and great - but perhaps then it needs a different abbreviation, because if there is no indication of which pronunciation you prefer when it’s written down in your records it’s just going to cause confusion.
There is no consensus yet on the correct pronunciation of Mx, much as with Ms, but you can take part in this survey to have your say in how you think it should be pronounced.
Mx is not the best option for all nonbinary people. I campaign for titles to be optional in forms, because a lot of nonbinary people don’t like Mx (only 37%, at last count). Companies adding Mx to your forms, be aware: this is NOT an alternative to making titles optional. It’s just including people who don’t use binary titles, which is long overdue.
That’s all I can think of, but if I’ve missed any, let me know.