Welcoming gendered choice online

screen shot of choices for identity on surveyThe choices listed are: female, male, lesbian, gay, trans-gendered, queer, 2 spirit, aboriginal, visible minority/ racialized, other

For the very first time in my experience, I was recently asked to fill out a survey that not only asked me about my “gender identity” (as opposed to which of the two sexes I was), but it included a wide and quite open range of identities for me to select from.

Now, I fill in surveys all the time. I used to be part of the Angus Reid Forum which sent surveys to my inbox on a pretty regular basis and asks about anything from soup to nuts. Literally.

On this particular survey, the choices listed were; female, male, lesbian, gay, trans-gendered, queer, 2 spirit, aboriginal, visible minority/ racialized, and other. So when this survey came by, I was not expecting to see such an inclusive list as this and it got me wondering about how gender identification might impact or influence academic research. I’m particularly curious about whether the researchers will eventually have to group responses in inventive ways. 

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