Gender markers

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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".

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.