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Building Gender Inclusivity Into the Web

Rachel McGrane
October 28, 2017

Building Gender Inclusivity Into the Web

As a trans person working in the web industry, I try to make design decisions that make it a little bit easier for us to use the web. From providing an easy way to change your name to even account security and privacy, changes like these can lead to making your trans users feel safe. However, cis people need to be aware of how to design for us as well. To truly be inclusive of all genders, these adjustments can’t just be made on a case-by-case basis. Trans inclusivity needs to be baked into our design system and how we think about building our websites and apps. This talk would explore some of the problems we face trying to use cisnormative websites and how we can not only try to remedy the safety and inclusivity problems in the short term but also foster an environment wherein figuring out solutions to these problems is integrated into the design process.

Rachel McGrane

October 28, 2017

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  1. Building Gender Inclusivity Into the Web. aka how to be

    a hero and make 2017 suck less @rachel_mcgrane
  2. Let’s do a survey.

  3. Up to 3% of people in the US are trans.

    The Williams Institute, GLAAD And that number will only grow
  4. We’re exhausted from using shitty UI patterns

  5. Selecting gender is binary? #1.

  6. Ugh.

  7. None
  8. Can’t change your name. #2.

  9. How to change your name on Paypal

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  16. F*ck that shit.

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  18. Trans inclusivity starts with your design process.

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  20. How will your design affect trans people?

  21. flickr.com/photos/wocintechchat/25703157101

  22. Change Gendered Design

  23. The Noun Project

  24. GitHub.

  25. Tumblr.

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  27. Your users aren’t just men and women.

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  29. If there isn’t a clear benefit to the user, you

    probably shouldn’t ask about it. “ Sabrina Fonseca
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  31. So.

  32. What can you do now?

  33. Integrate it into accessibility #1.

  34. Create a safe space. #2.

  35. Be loud and don’t be neutral. #3.

  36. Because design isn’t neutral.

  37. Now go out there and make inclusive shit.

  38. ✨ @rachel_mcgrane Thanks!