Tech News: Facebook Adds New Option For Gender Identity

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Photo by KAREN BLEIER / Getty Images

Photo by KAREN BLEIER / Getty Images

Today, we come with some great news towards a world filled with equality for all.

Facebook added a new tool to their site, where users can add a custom gender to their profile. Gone are the days of the social networking site only recognizing gender as male or female.

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In a statement on their Diversity page, Facebook said this:

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.

We collaborated with our Network of Support, a group of leading LGBT advocacy organizations, to offer an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves. Moreover, people who select a custom gender will now have the ability to choose the pronoun they’d like to be referred to publicly — male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

We also have added the ability for people to control the audience with whom they want to share their custom gender. We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.

We ‘Like’ this Facebook. We really ‘Like’ this.

- Sasha Huff, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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