Gender Code and Term Sources contains a list of standard code and/or term sources for specifying the gender of a person and assigns a code to each source.  The purpose of this list is to enable the gender vocabulary used in metadata records to be identified by a code.  For code assignment, general structure, usage, and maintenance guidelines see Introduction.

Arrangement of the list

Entries in the list are arranged in alphabetical order by the code and consist of the source code followed by the bibliographic citation for the source documentation.  The citations are linked to the online source for some codes.

Code structure

Each code consists of a maximum of 12 lowercase alphabetic and numeric characters.  Possible additions to codes are described in Source Code Maintenance.

Gender Code and Term Source Codes


Art & Architecture Thesaurus (Los Angeles, CA: Getty Research Institute, Getty Vocabulary Program)


American Folklore Society ethnographic thesaurus


Agricultural Thesaurus and Glossary (Beltsville, MD: National Agricultural Library)

[Note: Code previously defined for usage in Subject Heading and Term Source Codes.  Usage has been expanded.]


Gender and sexual diversity glossary = Lexique sur la diversité sexuelle et de genre (Gatineau, Québec: Government of Canada, Translation Bureau = Gouvernement du Canada, Bureau de la traduction)


Homosaurus : an International Thesaurus of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Index Terms (Worcester, Mass.: College of the Holy Cross)


Codes for the Representation of Human Sexes (ISO/IEC 5218:2004). (Geneva: International Organization for Standardization)


LC Demographic Group Terms (Washington, DC: Library of Congress)


Library of Congress subject headings (Washington, DC: LC, Cataloging Distribution Service)


Medical subject headings (Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine)


Thesaurus des descripteurs de groupes demographiques de l'Universite Laval (Quebec: Universite Laval)

Usage in MARC 21

 Authority records

375 $2 (Gender / Source of term)

See also:

Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes:  Contents