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Websites and social networks that do or don't give recognition to nonbinary gender identity in their user forms. For nonbinary people, the most undesirable sites are those that require all users to mark their gender as either "female" or "male," with no other options. Similarly bad are sites that mark this choice as "sex" rather than "gender". Sites that are more friendly to nonbinary people are those that let users write in their own gender, give a wide variety of gender options to choose from a drop-down menu, give a third gender option such as "other", or don't ask about gender at all. Some sites also ask about a user's title or pronouns, and ideally let users include more than the standard binary options for these.
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For easy skimming, the tables on this page use a colour code, loosely based on traffic lights, to show how friendly a site is to nonbinary people:
- blue (#9ff) means it's friendly to nonbinary people. For example, you can write in your gender (even blank it) or opt out of showing it.
- Green (#9f9) means it does not ask.
- yellow (#ffb) means it's partly friendly to nonbinary people. For example, users must choose between showing a gender that is female, male, or other.
- red (#f99) means it's not friendly at all to nonbinary people. For example, it may require all users to be openly listed as male or female.
- white background means we don't have information about this yet, or some other situation (describe)
If you want to quickly create an entry for a site, but you don't want to tangle with the tables, please use this as a template for writing a draft of an entry in list form instead, which you can put on the Talk page, and an administrator will put it into the table for you:
- Site name, web address, and purpose.
- User sex/gender: Does the software require users to choose a sex/gender? Does it call it a sex or a gender? What options does it give for users to choose from? Does it allow write-in genders?
- User titles: Does the software call users by titles and honorifics? What options does it give for users to choose their own titles? Does it allow write-in titles?
- User pronouns: Does the software call users by pronouns? What options does it give to users for choosing their own pronouns? Does it allow write-in titles?
- Legal name policy: Does the site require users to give their legal name? Yes/no. Note how this is enforced.
- Other notes: Tell anything else relevant about how the site's software or administrators treat trans, nonbinary, and intersex issues.
Social media and Forums[edit | edit source]
Some websites allow one to hide gender or sex selection or choose none, choose other, or (more rarely) provide trans* and intersex selections. Listed in alphabetical order.
|Website||User gender (and pronouns)||Legal name policy||Notes|
|AVEN- Asexual Visibility and Education Network.||The forum's gender field is a write-in box.|
|Bumble. Dating/friend-finding service.||Lots of gender options in drop-down list, and users can suggest additional options. However, you can change your selected gender only once. Users must also select to be displayed in "Women" or "Men" category.||Terms & Conditions states "You agree to [...] use your real name on your profile" but it is unknown how strictly this is enforced.|
|Datebound. Queer dating site.||Options apart from male and female are Transgendered Female, Transgendered Male, Gender Variant, and Intersexed.|
|DeviantArt. Art community.||
As of the Eclipse update (Circa 2020), the website no longer demands the gender nor sex of the person, but rather it asks for the person's pronouns. Only "He", "She" and "They" are currently available.
|No. The user profile has a field called "real name," but the user can put any name into it they want. Legal names are neither enforced nor commonly used on the site.||No title field. The site has history of administrators saying transphobic things to users. 'Other' as an option was once available, but taken away sometime prior to 2011. After a neutrois user was told to leave the site if it "did not wish to state [its] gender", and the administrators told it the field was about a user's genital sex and not gender identity, the backlash caused DeviantArt's administrators to backpedal and re-add "Other" as an option in late 2011.|
|DIASPORA. Social network.||Gender is a text field.|
|D&D Beyond. RPG site with forums.||Does not ask for user gender. Characters' gender is an optional text field.|
|Dreamwidth. Social blogging community.||Includes options ‘Other’ or ‘Rather not say.’||No||No title field.|
|Ello. Social network.||Doesn't ask for gender information when creating a site account or have a gender section in user profiles.|
|Empty Closets. Forum and chat site with coming out resources.||Options include Transgender - MTF, Transgender - FTM, Genderqueer, and a write-in field.|
|Etsy. Indie sales of vintage and crafts||Options include female, male, or "Rather not say," which hides the gender field on your profile.||No|
|Facebook. Social network.||Requires user to choose male or female when creating an account, but up to ten of 56 gender options may be selected subsequently. A custom field was added in 2014. Pronouns: Refers to a user as "she" or "he" depending on the gender they selected. A hack can make the software refer to a user as "they": How to change Facebook pronouns to they.||Yes. Enforced. Administrators suspend the accounts of people who they think might be violating the legal name policy, which tends to mean anyone with an unusual or non-Western name, or whose name the administrators think don't match their profile photo.||Facebook often suspends the accounts of transgender women by claiming they violated the legal name policy, even those who give much proof that they were in fact using their legal names. Facebook also suspended the accounts of drag artists that were under their performance pseudonyms.|
|FetLife. BDSM and fetish community.||The options the site allows for apart from male and female in the gender field are: crossdresser/transvestite, trans - male to female, trans - female to male, transgender, gender fluid, genderqueer, intersex, butch, femme, and not applicable.|
|Flickr. Photography community.||Allows ‘Other’ or ‘I’d rather not say’ (the latter leaves the field blank on the profile). Evidence: screengrab, April 2013.|
|Folkdirect. Social network.||When signing up to the site, three gender fields are available: "Man", "Woman" and "Third".|
|Google+. Social network.||Gender field allows ‘Other,’ and one can toggle who can see the choice: anyone, extended circles, your circles, or only you.||Google+ was shut down in April 2019.|
|HabitRPG. Time management made into a multiplayer game.||No field. No way to enter your gender at all. Your game avatar is genderless. You can choose between two body types for your game avatar, called "slim" and "broad," but they're both gender-neutral figures. You can dress your game avatar in any combination of hairstyles, facial hair, or clothing you want, and none of these things are marked as being for one gender only.||No|
|Instagram. Image posting social network.||Gender can be male, female, custom, or "prefer not to say". Or you can just avoid selecting any of the options.||You can use "either your full name, nickname, or business name", and can change it twice every 14 days.|
|Last.fm. Music listening service and social network.||Gender field allows 'Unknown' selection, which hides gender from the profile.|
|Laura's Playground. Transgender forums.||Gender selection includes androgyne, crossdresser, FTM, FT?, intersexed, MT?, transsexual, and transgender.|
|Lex, a dating/chat app for marginalised genders.||Does not ask about gender. Allows write-in pronoun field in profile.|
|Little Gay Book. Lesbian-focused dating service (although open to any orientation /any gender)||Pronoun dropdown offers "He/Him", "They/Them", and "She/Her". Gender dropdown offers "Male, Female, Female-to-Male (FTM), Male-to-Female (MTF), Non Binary, Androgyne, Genderqueer, Pangender, Gender Fluid, Intersex, Bigender, Androgynous, Gender Nonconforming". Users also select their preferred gender(s) to date from the same list. Additionally, users answer "Where would you place yourself on the masculine - feminine spectrum using a 10-point scale?" (with "Prefer not to disclose" and "I am fluid" being options too) and select from the same masc-fem scale to describe their desired match.|
Livejournal. Social blogging community.
|Drop-down selection menu includes 'Unspecified/Other' as an option.||No|
|Nabyn. Art community.||Includes "Other" as an option.|
|OK Cupid. Dating site.||Man and woman are shown as selectable, with 20 more possible choices after clicking More options. Up to 5 may be selected. Allows users to display any pronouns they like on their profile.||"Use the name, nickname, or initials you'd like your date to call you on OkCupid." "It's important to clarify that this does not need to be your real/legal name, it can be any name that you want someone to call you."|
|Quizlet. Shareable flashcard site.||Doesn't ask, no field.||No. You also have the option to hide your "real name."|
|Quora. A site for asking and answering questions.||Does not ask, but allows user descriptions.||Asks for and enforces a person's real name, but there are many transgender and nonbinary people on there.|
|Starfriends (aka *friends). Social network/dating site/||No gender field but you can add your gender and other descriptors as freetext tags.||Site is currently in open alpha|
|Skittlr. LGBT+ & MOGII only social network.||Lots of options, and it is possible to get those that are missing added. None has to be selected.||No|
|TransYada. Transgender forums.||Both the gender field and the (a)sexuality field are write-in. These fields are optional to fill in. One may also write-in preferred pronouns, and this field is optional.|
|TrevorSpace. Social networking site aimed at LGBTQ youth aged 13-24.||Has 27 different gender identities to choose from, including Agender, Androgyne, Pangender, Trans*, Trans man, Trans woman, MTF, FTM, Intersex, Other and No label. Any gender identity selected cannot be anything other than public on the site, but it is also possible not to check a box at all. Screengrab, December 2014|
|Tumblr. Social blogging site.||Has no gender field of any kind. The interface doesn't use third person pronouns for users.||No|
|Turtleseed. Social micro-blogging site.||Has no gender field of any kind.||No|
|Twitter. Social micro-blogging site.||Doesn't ask for gender when creating an account and gender is not shown to anyone; however, there is a gender option hidden within the "Settings" menu, that allows you to choose from male, female or writing your own gender in. Changing the setting doesn't change anything of note.||No|
|Wikipedia. Free encyclopedia Wiki.||If the user is a Wikipedia contributor, they can put Userboxes on the profile, which allow for a great deal of gender, sex, and orientation description. See also User:ISD/Userboxes/Sexuality. Some of the userboxes that have been made with English descriptions, many with images, include: femme, boi, two-spirit, kathoey, hijra, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, androgynous, intersexual, bigender, trigender, pangender, third gender, “This user has no gender identity, nor a sexual orientation,” and “This user is still unsure about their gender identity.”||No|
|YouTube. Video community.||Allows for Other or a blank field.|
Other international online services[edit | edit source]
|Website||User gender (and pronouns)||Legal name policy||Notes|
|Change.org.||Doesn't ask about gender/sex. Evidence, October, 2013||Doesn't ask about title. (See above evidence.)|
|Coursera, online learning service.||Doesn't ask about gender.||Requires name listed on your government ID. Evidence|
|Duolingo, language learning app with forums.||Does not ask.|
|GoPetition.||Doesn't ask about gender or sex.||They let you type your own title into the text field so you can put Mx or anything else you like. Evidence, January 2013.|
|IRL - Let's Hang (iOS app)||Gives you three choices (boy, girl or non-binary) with the option to skip the question.|
|Twinoid, gaming website network||Users can enter their "Sex" as Unknown, Male, or Female. Text in games refers to everyone as "they/them/their" regardless which sex you enter.||Does not ask about legal name.||Site will shut down after 2020 due to Flash support ending.|
|Twitch, streaming entertainment platform||Doesn't ask about gender/sex/pronouns, but users can write these in their bio/profile. When the interface refers to users it uses singular they (e.g. "They were last streaming Minecraft")||A user-made browser extension is available to show pronouns in chat. (Only on desktop, not mobile)|
See also[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Practical Androgyny: Websites and Social Networks
- Genderqueer Identities: Social Media
- Feministing: Google+ has a gender problem
- OkCupid (10 September 2018). "Share your pronouns on your OkCupid profile". Medium. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
- Perez, Sarah (29 December 2017). "OKCupid's rating sinks as users rebel over new 'real name' policy". TechCrunch. Retrieved 3 May 2020.