Gender Options

I've had students ask about including Genders outside of the Traditional Gender Binary (Male/Female) in our system. These students are very passionate about what they wish to be identified as.
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  • Janet Wittenberg commented
    18 May, 2020 12:45pm

    Thanks JT, it sure was!

  • JT Amirault commented
    18 May, 2020 12:30pm

    Congrats on this Janet. It must have been quite rewarding to update the status on this one to implemented.

    Cheers, JT

    JT Amirault
    Director of Information Services
    Burr and Burton Academy
    Office: 802-549-8179
    Cell: 978-877-0004

  • Janet Wittenberg commented
    12 May, 2020 06:11pm

    Hi Alex, Yes over the next few weeks you'll see profile change auditing, access through SKY API and User Export.

  • Alex Orlebeke commented
    12 May, 2020 06:05pm

    Very happy to see this added, and the details regarding future pronoun visibility throughout the system.

    What I'm not seeing after adding / changing my pronouns is that these changes aren't listed under the profile changes history. Is this hidden on purpose, or was this just not included with this phase of the implementation?

  • Stella Finfrock commented
    12 May, 2020 05:06pm

    Thank you. This has been a long time coming.

  • Rick Geyer commented
    12 May, 2020 03:22pm

    Thanks for all your work on this Janet and team. We appreciate the approach that was taken to making sure this change could address everyone's needs. :-)

  • Janet Wittenberg commented
    12 May, 2020 02:30pm

    I'm very happy to announce today we have implemented a configurable Gender list under Core > Users > User Profile Settings. This will control the drop down lists on the Contact Card / General Information and for use in filters on lists. We also added an optional default pronoun. If that is set on the Gender table, it will be set by default for users when they pick a gender on the Contact Card / General information. Like Gender, the pronouns field is controlled by profile publish settings under Core > Security > Profile Access. This gives you control over which roles can even see the field or edit it, including users about each other. If visible to users, they can control their own privacy settings under their Account Profile > Settings > Privacy.
    Stay tuned for corresponding updates in the admissions forms. As of today they still work as they have been.

  • Guest commented
    12 May, 2020 02:28pm

    Glad this change was implemented! Thank you!

  • Guest commented
    26 Mar, 2020 02:29pm

    This is an important issue to our constituents as well as our core school value. We are disastrous with the “other” option as gender nonconforming students and parent find it offensive at worst and uneducated at best.

    We need this field to be updated and even customizable.

  • Janet Wittenberg commented
    25 Mar, 2020 09:19pm

    I hope you are all doing well despite the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in here in 2020. We are defining our changes to accommodate more options in Gender. If you are able to make the time, we would really appreciate your responses to this brief survey.

    At the end of the survey, you have the opportunity to add your contact information if you can be available for a discovery call with our development team to review your answers and inform our prototype decisions.

    Thank you for your patience!

  • william pickett commented
    3 Mar, 2020 01:52am

    Sheena's comment that we should use "non-binary" is a great choice to change the status from "other".

  • Guest commented
    3 Mar, 2020 12:07am

    Yes the option of non-binary needs to replace other. Language matters and we need to give our community the options they deserve to have. We need to be proactive in implementing this change to embrace being more inclusive.

  • Karen Wootton commented
    2 Mar, 2020 03:56pm

    I agree with those who have posted comments already that this is very frustrating for us as well, in our attempts to be an inclusive school community. Can Blackbaud please let us know how this is being addressed, and what the timeframe will be for updating our application process?

  • Meredith Kirchner commented
    25 Nov, 2019 04:42pm

    Please add this feature - the comments go back to 2015.  I can't believe it hasn't happened yet.  I know you've added an "other" choice but that is not a solution.  As an inclusive school community, we need our applicants to be able to indicate their gender using their own words.  Please consult experts and fix this asap.

  • Guest commented
    30 Sep, 2019 05:56pm

    Same here. We are getting ready to move to your database and I am anticipating this being asked in the first few weeks of deployment. I am hoping by the time we deploy next year, this is resolved.

  • Scott Minkoff commented
    10 Sep, 2019 09:40pm

    Wow. This has been in discussion for a long time. As a former developer, I understand an empathize with the complexity of this change. But it has been a long time since the discussion started...

  • Steve Owen commented
    20 Aug, 2019 04:38pm

    It would be great to get an update on this. As of today, 8/20/2019, it has been over 14 months since we last received an update on this issue via this thread and the option still is not available.


    I can edit gender table entries on RE database view - why not here? When will this happen?

  • Nicole Pennington commented
    2 Aug, 2019 04:11pm

    Some states have other recognized genders that appear on birth certificates now.  In California, birth certificates now show either male, female or nonbinary.  With this, we are legally required to offer nonbinary as an option.  Simply having "Other" is not accurate or specific enough.  This should be a field where we can customize the options for our community and to align with state law.

  • Guest commented
    18 Jul, 2019 05:18pm

    This has been detrimental to us in Education Edge and now that we've decided to go to Blackbaud Education Management for higher ed and see that the gender issue has not been resolved yet is quite unfortunate.  Understanding that long term the field may be configurable, is there any chance a stop gap could be added by changing "other" to "nonbinary" just so it's a little more terminology correct and not offensive to our students?

  • Brenda Diaz commented
    19 Jun, 2019 10:31pm

    "Nonbinary" is now considerd a third gender in the state of CA. "Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 179 (Atkins, Ch. 853, Stats. 2017) on October 15, 2017. Effective January 1, 2019, this legislation allows individuals applying for an original or renewal Driver License (DL) or Identification card (ID) to self-certify to their chosen gender category of male, female, or nonbinary." (

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