Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:11 PM
There might be a reason for this that I don't know, but I don't understand why your forum requires someone to specify their gender. Why can't it be optional? In most forums I've been to, support oriented or not, such information is optional. Does it actually determine privileges in this forum, and if so, what is determined based on a person's gender in this community?
Personally, I consider myself to be transgender in the sense of "a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to the notions of male or female gender roles" and "a person who believes that the sex they were assigned a birth is a false or incomplete description of themself." Biologically I'm a female, I am unsure if I will ever change my biological sex, and if forced to choose I refer to myself as female rather than male.
I registered for this forum and selected my gender as 'transgender' but now I wonder if it would be more appropriate to change it to 'female' as I wouldn't want the fact that I identify as a transgender to lock me out of certain discussions that as a biological female I could relate to. Was the 'transgender' option meant in the sense of 'transsexual'? Because if so, out of the three options, I would choose female.
I suppose in summary, my questions are twofold:
1) Why is gender required information on this forum? And what, if anything, does it determine?
2) How would the board prefer to handle cases such as mine? What would all of you, given the above information, prefer me to list my gender as? I wouldn't mind going by either the 'transgender' label or the 'female' label as I consider both to be relateable.