I remember reading something about strategies for making classrooms more trans-friendly, and one of the suggestions was asking a question about gendered pronoun preference on those contact sheets that get handed out to students. SO I changed the gender question to:
At first I wondered if this would confuse some students, but this is the second semester I’ve tried it and so far, not one person has asked me about it. A very few have answered this creatively (“Supercat!”), which (as the Diaspora developer noted) can be an amusing element.
Anyway, when mentioning this to people, I’ve been surprised that some of them seem kind of dismissive (rather like the Diaspora developer who dropped out of the project). These things make me wonder sometimes if I try to extend issues of personal importance too much into other areas of my life. But I had a student recently who seems to appreciate all this, so I feel validated. Another issue that might not be immediately obvious is that LaGuardia LIVE email addresses can preserve old gendered names, and allowing students to use personal email addresses (with different names) is justified in public or semi-public, online venues.