With the rise of societies acceptance of trans* and non-binary gender identities,
It’s time to think about how to handle the traditional “Male”, “Female” and “Other” radio buttons of forms, both on paper and in applications and web sites.
Most forms currently have a structure similar to this:
As you already might have guessed: You can’t possible include all gender labels into a list like this.
So here is an idea how to solve this:
Instead of asking for an explicit gender, simply asking for the preferred pronoun is way easier - most of the time that is the only thing a gender selection input is used for anyways. While this is obviously quite a bit of a change, I feel like this would be a relatively minor change with quite an improvement on inclusion.
Here is an example on how this could look:
In this case we use a sentence where we ask for the users pronouns in the subjective and possessive form,
allowing us to interact with the user using the correct pronouns.
In cases where you need the users legal name, for example when sending receipts,
including an optional text-field for the legal name can be a good idea: