The latest handbook for MLA include guidance on using inclusive language when discussing race,ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation,abilty,age and economic/ social status.
See pp. 89-93 in the MLA Handbook. Some of the best practices are listed below:
Check out the sources below that provide information on using gender inclusive language and appropriate language related to race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, social status.
There is a lack of standardization on citing transgender authors who may have multiple names attached to their scholarship. Transgender authors are not comfortable being referred to by their old names in citations — a practice often referred to as “deadnaming” It is best to ask colleagues what they prefer.