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Merseycode: Chad Gowler - How to ask about gender

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Liverpool Science Park IC1

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As we move towards more customised experiences for our users, why do we still insist on using the black boxes of male and female when asking users about their gender? And why are we asking for it in the first place?

Between 1 and 5 percent of the UK population identifies as having a non-binary gender or are transgender. This talk aims to help developers ask users about their gender in a useful and sensitive manner; educate on what non-binary means and what other issues non-binary and gender variant users may face when using the web.

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Chad is a human-computer interaction masters student at the University of York with a background of web development, most recently as a React developer for Sky. Outside of tech they give talks about mental health in technical teams, accessibility and is a recent convert to gaming in virtual reality.

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