Flak and their pronouns: Clarification

Some background info, for anyone concerned by recent events:

Some facts. Flak was written as a non-binary character to enhance representation of non-binary people in Borderlands. Gearbox are requesting that forum users use the appropriate pronouns (they/them) for Flak- and other non-binary folk, either real or fictional- on this forum.

Gearbox Community Managers’ official statement:

"FL4K’s pronouns are ‘they/them’. You are not forced change your beliefs or viewpoint, but we’re clarifying and confirming that that is how the character is written. Please remember that this forum’s rules include not attacking others for their beliefs. No one has been banned thus far. That said, as per our longstanding rules, any hate speech will not be tolerated and will result in a ban.

Again, for clarity, someone accidentally using he/she instead of they/them is not deemed as hate speech."

No-one has been banned on the grounds of misgendering anyone yet. However, please read the forum rules before posting as they explain what we regard as acceptable forum behaviour and the sanctions that may follow if you choose to ignore them.

If this is causing you problems, I’m sure we can help.

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