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Gender markers are data points that show the gender of a person on a document (such as passport, driver's license, insurance card, birth certificate, etc) or in a computer system (such as an employee database, electronic health record, etc). Sometimes this data point is called "Sex" instead of "Gender", but depending on the applicable laws the marker might be able to be changed without the person having surgically changed their sexual organs.

The standard common gender markers are M for male and F for female. Other gender markers (which are not always available) include U for unspecified, O for other, E for eunuch[1], and X for a nonbinary or intersex person (although many intersex people have a gender identity of binary man/woman).

Even when a U, O, or X option is available, not all nonbinary people will be comfortable selecting it.[2][3]

Some transgender and nonbinary activists hold the view that gender markers are unnecessary and should be done away with.[1][4][5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Fogg Davis, Heath (31 May 2017). "Let's delete sex-identity from birth certificates". Aeon. Retrieved 8 October 2020. Heath Fogg Davis
  2. Muth, Laura (21 December 2018). "Why I Marked "F" as the Gender on My License Even Though I'm Nonbinary". Allure. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  3. @nerdychocobo (15 July 2020). "I don't think I'd even want an X on my ID lol, id want like... A new F... An F2. Like we don't all want gender neutral is what I'm saying. It just makes a trinary" – via Twitter.
  4. Ghoshal, Neela; Knight, Kyle (8 July 2020). "Netherlands Sees No Role for Gender Marker on ID Documents". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  5. "SRLP Statement on the Passing of GENDA". Sylvia Rivera Law Project. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2020.