|Title:||Metadata and Gender Diversity|
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Being cisgender and heterosexual has been pushed as normative by Eurocentric societies for centuries, erasing the lived experiences and cultures of gender-, sex-, and sexually-diverse persons. While the visibility of different gender, sex, and sexual diversities has increased over the last few decades, equitable descriptions of such persons haven’t been widely adopted for various sociocultural reasons, including ongoing discrimination and oppression. As a result, many descriptions found in metadata are not only inaccurate or unrepresentative, but also often insulting and derogatory. The situation triggers even more issues such as unreliable data about these persons, including miscommunication and mistreatment. In the past, many gender-, sex-, and sexually-diverse persons have created subject headings, glossaries, terminologies, and vocabularies, but they typically have been either ignored or forgotten. This panel will feature a number of recent initiatives aiming at improving the representation and descriptions of the gender-, sex, and sexually-diverse persons* in metadata. *The term 2SLGBTQIA+ might be used as well, considering Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual/aromantic persons, as well as other gender-, sex-, and sexually-diverse individuals.