Gender in LMS is binary and mandatory. However, many people no longer identify with binary genders. There have been numerous legal actions at local and federal courts and I would prefer to prevent that in our organization.
Please vote here: https://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/idea/273017
Occasionally, I have to go to the Admin Center > Manage Users and create a contract employee. Here, the gender is mandatory. I admin that I was surprised to find that the gender was not even visible in the LMS user profile .
It looks like SAP may already be on this path to eliminating the field altogether and, in that case, kudos to them.
I was confused thinking that this was for LMS only but in the enhancement, it's under Employee Central.
I'm not well versed in EC/EP but if you go to Admin Center > Manage Business Configuration > Employee Profile > Standard > gender > the field can be made mandatory or even disabled. While it's not removing completely from the application, this change might suffice for now.
@ward scott, in our EC, we created Gender values of "Unknown" and "Undeclared". Our HRIS specialists use "Unknown" for contractors, and we allow "Undeclared" for those who prefer not to choose a binary gender. However, in our LMS connector, we added a Transform statement to nullify any Gender values other than M or F.
Of course, since the Gender field in the LMS is no longer displayed, we can safely unmap the field totally.