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What sexualities are allowed in a dataset?

Updated on February 25, 2021

Umbrella recognises that people's sexuality is not a binary or simple thing. You may have people in your organisation who identify with a wide range of labels for their sexuality, or none. However, we also recognise that reporting and visualisation often require simplification and grouping of people into categories so that general conclusions can be drawn.

When you upload a dataset that includes a sexuality column, you may use the following values. (In each case, the values on each line are treated as identical when they're processed. The values are separated by the / character.)

  • lesbian
  • gay
  • bisexual / bi-sexual / bi
  • pansexual / pan
  • asexual / ace / demisexual / demi
  • queer / questioning
  • straight
  • other
  • undisclosed / prefer not to say

An empty row (no text) is also allowed, and is treated the same as 'undisclosed'.

If your file contains values other than these, the dataset will not convert and you will receive an error message telling exactly where in your file the problem value lies.

If you would like additional possibilities added to the list, please do let us know! We're always excited to learn more about the people around us.

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