Thursday, February 13, 2014

Inclusive gender options on Facebook

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

If you're not interested in self-identifying as male or female on Facebook, now you don't have to. Shortly after its 10th birthday, the social network has made a big change that allows users to create a custom gender identity online with 50 different terms and three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them. According to the Associated Press, the changes are aimed at giving people more choices in how they describe themselves, such as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual.

The announcement was posted today on the Facebook Diversity page: "When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organizations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self. An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just 'male or female.' So today, we’re proud to offer a new custom gender option to help you better express your own identity on Facebook."

To edit your gender information, go to your Timeline (profile), click "Update Info" at the bottom of your cover photo and scroll down to the gender section under basic information. There, if you choose to change your gender to custom, you can select a choice and then a preferred pronoun. Your preferred pronoun you select is public, and you have the option of making your gender identity visible to some but still private from others. For now, the feature is only available in the U.S. but may expand to countries worldwide.

There will still be the option to keep your gender identity private on Facebook.

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