American Sociological Association

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A publication of the American Sociological AssociationASA News & Events
December 2016

ASA Updates Sex and Gender Membership Categories

Bernadette Barton, Morehead State University, and Ashley Currier, University of Cincinnati

The Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People in Sociology would like to inform ASA members that the sex and/or gender-identity categories available in the Demographic Information section of the ASA Member Portal were revised to better reflect how members identify themselves in terms of sex and/or gender. The current categories (of which members may choose two) include: female, male, transgender female/transgender woman, transgender male/transgender man, different identity, genderqueer/gender-nonconforming, and prefer not to state. There is space for people who select “different identity” to elaborate on this identity. If one of the new sex and/or gender categories better describes you, please open your ASA profile and change your designation. 

In addition, ASA Council recently passed a motion that adds the following statement to the Demographic Information section: “Please check if you would like to identify to ASA as LGBTQ.” This addition will enable ASA to collect data on members who identify as LGBTQ.

We believe it is important to have the most accurate picture of our membership as we develop institutional programs and policies. Thank you!