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The following is a list of websites and social networks and their recognition of nonbinary gender identity in their user forms. For many nonbinary people, the most undesirable sites are those which 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 include those which allow users write in their own gender, provide a wide variety of gender options to choose from within 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.
How to use this page[edit | edit source]
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.
A white background means we don't have information about this site yet, or that there is some other situation (these situations should be described when possible).
If you want to quickly create an entry for a site but don't want to tangle with the tables, use the list below as a template for writing a draft of an entry in list form instead. This can then be put on the talk page, and an administrator will add 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/nonbinary/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.|
|Badoo. Chatting/dating network.||Offers an extensive list of gender options, but you can only select one, and also you must choose to be shown in searches for men or searches for women. Users can opt to hide their gender on their profile. You can only change your gender one time.||Community Guidelines require you to "use the name you go by in everyday life"; does not state this must be the legal name.||An optional profile question, separate from the gender selection, asks "Do you have an intersex identity, trait, or experience?" Users can skip this question or they can answer "Yes", "No", or "I'd rather not say."|
|Bumble. Dating/friend-finding service.||Many gender options available 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.|
|Butterfly. Dating site for trans people and cis allies.||Gender options include Agender, Androgyne, Bigender, FTM, Gender Fluid, Gender Nonconforming, Gender Questioning, Gender Variant, Genderqueer, Intersex, MTF, Pangender, Transgender, Transgender Female, Transgender Male, Transgender Person, Transsexual, Transsexual Female, Transsexual Male, Transsexual Person, and Two-Spirit. User can change their gender and sexuality settings at any time.||No real name policy.||User can set their orientation as Straight, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Asexual, Demisexual, Gray-asexual, Pansexual, Queer, or "Private".|
|DeviantArt. Art community.||As of the Eclipse update (circa 2020), the website requires neither the gender nor sex of users, only requiring their pronouns instead. The only pronouns available however are "he", "she" and "they".
Previously, the site required a user to input their sex from a drop down menu of three options, those being "male", "female", and "other". Within another menu however the choice was given as to whether or not their selection of sex was shown on their profile. Evidence, 2015.
|No. The user profile has a field called "real name," but the user can submit anything into it. Legal names are neither enforced nor commonly used on the site.||No title field.
Previously DeviantArt required users to input their sex, with "other" being an option, but this was removed sometime prior to 2011. A neutrois user was told to leave the site if it "did not wish to state [its] gender", with administrators stating that the field was about users' genital sex and not gender identity. This action led to backlash from the community, causing DeviantArt to 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's 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.||Gender options are Male, Female, Male (trans*), Female (trans*), Genderqueer, Androgyne, and Other. Pronoun options are He, She, They, and Other. It is also required to input your gender assigned at birth but this is only viewable by site staff members.||Screenshot of gender selection interface.|
|Etsy. Indie sales of vintage and crafts||Options include female, male, "Rather not say" (which hides the gender field on your profile), and "Custom" (where you type in your own text, up to 64 characters long)||No||Screenshot of gender selection interface.|
|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 have suspended the accounts of people who they think might be violating the legal name policy, according to the administrators' own views and discretion.||Facebook has often suspended the accounts of transgender women claiming they violated the legal name policy, even when proof has been provided supporting the legal status of their names. Facebook has 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.|
|Fiorry. Dating/community app for LGBTQ people and allies.||When creating profile, the app asks "What is your identity? Choose just one" and the options are "Trans woman", "Trans man", "Xdresser", "Nonbinary", "Queer", "Cis woman", "Cis man".||As of March 2021, their FAQ says that "users don't have to use their real names in Fiorry, however we do recommend to use your actual name if you want to get more WOWs and trust from other users of the app."||Screenshot of identity selection screen.|
|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 and no way to enter your gender at all; your game avatar being 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, and clothing desired, with none of them marked or categorized in a binary way.||No|
|Hinge. Dating app.||Offers an extensive list of gender options, but you can only select one, and also you must choose to be shown in searches for men or searches for women. Users can submit feedback about the gender selection list.|
|Instagram. Image posting social network.||Gender can be set as male, female, custom, or "prefer not to say", although one can avoid selecting any of the options. Starting May 2021, a pronoun field in the profile was implemented; users can add up to four pronouns from a pre-approved list.||You can use "either your full name, nickname, or business name", and can change it twice every 14 days.|
|Jigsaw. Dating app.||Offers an extensive list of gender options, but you can only select one, and also you must choose to be shown in searches for "Men", "Women", or "Everyone"; there is no way to list only nonbinary people.|
|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.|
|Lesbigay, LGBTQIA+ social media app.||Does not ask about gender or pronouns. Users can write their gender/pronouns in the "Bio" field if desired.||No "real name" policy|
|Lex, a dating/chat app intended for "transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary folks and queer women".||Does not ask about gender, only asks about pronouns. When first creating the profile, you can choose one of "He/Him", "She/Her", or "They/Them", but afterward you can go edit the pronoun field as free text.|
|LGBT-Space. Social network, available to users in Austria, Italy, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.||Many options for gender. Can select one, two, or three of "Man", "Woman", "Other/None", as well as being able to select one from the following: "Male", "Female", "FtM", "MtF", "Agender", "Androgyn" (sic), "Bigender", "Demiboy", "Demigirl", "Intersexual", "Non-Binary", "Genderqueer", "Queer", "Uncertain", or "Own statement" which is a custom field.||Gender options screenshot|
|LinkedIn. A career-focused social networking site.||Does not ask about gender, but in some regions/languages, the user can optionally display their pronouns. Pronoun choices are She/Her, He/Him, They/Them, or custom (write-in) pronouns. You can make your pronouns visible to all signed-in users, or to only members you are directly connected with.||If you select She/Her or He/Him, LinkedIn "may use this selection to infer your gender" and use that to customize the ads you see, etc.|
|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|
|MangaUpdates. Manga and doujinshi database with forums.||In your profile you can set your gender as "N/A", "Male", "Female", "Alien", or "Hermaphrodite".|
|Meetup. Social group organizing service.||Gender can be set as a null value ("--"), male, female, or "Nonbinary/None of these choices" and can be changed without limitations.||No legal name requirement.||Screenshot of gender selection dropdown|
|MyAnimeList. Anime and manga database with forums.||In your profile you can set your gender as "Not Specified", "Male", "Female", or "Non-Binary".|
|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.|
|Qutie. Dating/social app.||Gender options are Female, Male, Trans-Man, Trans-Woman, Intersex, or Non-Binary.||Terms and Conditions doesn't mention a real name policy.||Gender options screenshot|
|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|
|Taimi. Social networking and dating app aimed at LGBTQIA+ people.||Users select one identity from the following: Male, Female, Trans male, Trans female, Intersex, Non-binary (but can choose up to all of those identities for who they're interested in). Pronoun options are he/him, she/her, or they/them.|
|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 online encyclopedia.||Does not require users to submit their gender or pronouns when creating an account. System messages refer to all users using they/them pronouns by default, with the only options being "gender neutral", "feminine", and "masculine".||No||If one creates an account on Wikipedia, a variety of user-created userboxes are available to be placed on one's user page. Out of already existing userboxes, many different options are available for users to describe their gender identity, pronouns, and orientation, among other topics.|
|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.||Allows user input of any title into a text field.|
|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.|
|Twitch, streaming entertainment platform||Since June 2021, streamers can use optional tags to indicate identity and pronouns. Available pronoun tags are She/Her, He/Him, and They/Them. Available gender-related tags are Agender, Gender variant, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, Transgender, Non-binary, Feminine, Masculine, Man, and Woman. There is also the longstanding LGBTQIA+ tag. (Non-streaming users do not have access to tags, but they may specify their gender and pronouns in their bio.) When the interface refers to users it uses singular they (e.g. "This is their first gift sub in the channel.")||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
- "Use Gender Pronouns on LinkedIn". Retrieved 11 June 2021.
- 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.