Remember how the ASA was trying to decide how to expand its gender categories? Since then, the ASA Committee on the Status of LGBT Persons in Sociology has been holding conversations, doing research on how other organizations do it, and thinking through what schema will best capture the sociological categories that are meaningful to people. They came up with the following proposal, which ASA Council voted on and passed at their meeting this week:
Please select all that apply:
- Transgender Male/Transgender Man
- Transgender Female/Transgender Woman
- Genderqueer/Gender Non-conforming
- Preferred Identity (in addition to or not listed above) _____________
- Prefer not to state*
*the precise language for this opt-out line is TBD.
You can get the sense that these categories are trying to acknowledge both biological and social formulations of gender, while making clear that the one does not imply the other. Select all that apply.
It is going to take a little time for the implementation of these changes, but you can expect them when you renew your ASA membership for 2016.