How To Ask About Gender And Sex

An hourlong talk presented at World Information Architecture Day 2019, originally written as a five-minute lightning talk presented at Dev Bootcamp Chicago’s International Women’s Day event.

Abstract

Many websites overwhelm, confuse, and sometimes even endanger their users by asking about gender incorrectly. Transgender, intersex, and nonbinary people are often discluded from online spaces or forced to remain anonymous due to these practices. I’ll share my expertise as a web engineer and my experience as a transgender person to help you better gather the data you actually need while making the world a more inclusive place.

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