We are beginning to live in a different world were gender is a more vague concept and self expression is everything.
Sometimes I meet people that appear very gender neutral and I do not always hear what their name is, or they do not tell me. By 'meet someone', I mean not in a formal setting, just in passing.
What is an appropriate way of finding out their gender? Is is socially acceptable to ask them straight out "what gender do you identify as?" or would this offend them?
Update: I know some people are asking: "does this even matter?" and to answer this, maybe it doesn't, however, I think in social settings it is nice to know what a person's gender is. It helps you to judge how to appropriately talk to them and interact with them.