Facebook adds “custom” genders for those who don’t identify as male or female

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Facebook has now released a new “custom” gender choice to their network, in order to include those who do not identify with a binary gender.

The social network announced on Thursday, February 13, that a list of over fifty options were now available to its 1 billion users.

User Firinel Turner, who identifies as genderqueer, told 429Magazine, “Facebook’s new gender option is decidedly a step in the right direction! I’m hoping that there will be a point in the future where they’ll consider also allowing greater options for pronoun as well.”

The current options for preferred pronoun are “him,” “her,” and “them,” which appear in entries on the user’s newsfeed and timeline.

Reportedly, Facebook collaborated with a number of LGBT organizations, including GLAAD, that helped write a list of possible gender identities such as bi-gender, androgynous, gender, intersex or transsexual.

Individuals can also choose whether their Facebook gender change appears on their timeline and to whom specifically it may appear.

To those users interested in changing their listed gender, Facebook offered these instructions:

Go to your Timeline (which we sometimes refer to as your profile).

Click Update Info at the bottom of your cover photo.

Click Edit in the top right of the section you’d like to change. (The new gender options are only accessible within an autocomplete drop-down menu, so you have to begin typing to see them appear.)

Enter your new info and click Save.

GLAAD said in a statement, “Facebook announced today that it will now offer a custom gender field for transgender and gender nonconforming people. The new feature, which GLAAD helped develop, enables users to select a custom gender option, indicate preferred pronouns and adjust privacy settings for the custom gender field.”

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis added, “This new feature is a step forward in recognizing transgender people and allows them to tell their authentic story in their own words. Once again, Facebook is on the forefront of ensuring that the platform is safe and accessible to all of its LGBT users.”

429Magazine

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