Sex & Gender Research

Tools for Addressing Endosexnormativity & Cisnormativity in Research (TAECR) addresses the pervasive erasure of intersex, trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit people in research through the creation of gender equity and sexual health research toolkits. Oftentimes, these communities are altogether ignored by researchers, or tacked onto existing research studies without carefully considering what inclusion means in terms of communicating eligibility criteria, recruitment strategies, sample size needs to ensure statistical power and participant confidentiality, and methods for accurately describing the sample or sex/gender-based stratification.

TAECR learning tools will encourage researchers to consider how to be intentional and deliberate with the inclusion of these communities into their research. Acknowledging that sex and gender are frequently conflated and confused in research, this project will equip researchers with the skills to determine whether sex assignment at birth, legal sex, current embodiment and/or gender identity are the variables of interest for their project. TAECR tools will also explore the limits of each variable and how to ask participants for this information in ways that balance exhaustive inclusivity with data utility.

Research Objectives

TAECR will develop nine learning tools that researchers can independently use at various stages of the design, data collection, analysis and writing process to ensure that their research is meaningfully inclusive of intersex, trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit people and mobilizes sex and gender variables in ways that attend to the complexity of these concepts. Each TAECR tool will include questions that researchers should ask of themselves and their project, illustrative examples, and a list of relevant scholarly literature for additional learning. Each tool will be developed with the input of an advisory committee.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kate Shannon, CGSHE Executive Director, Professor of Medicine and a Canada Research Chair in Gender Equity, Sexual Health & Global Policy at the University of British Columbia.

Project Lead

A.J. Lowik, CGSHE Gender Equity Advisor at the University of British Columbia.


CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH Sex & Gender Science Chair on Advancing Gender-Transformative Sexual Health).