Breaking News Facebook Offers New Custom Gender Option

Published on February 13th, 2014 | by Kim Stiglitz

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Facebook Offers New Custom Gender Option

Facebook announced today that users can now customize their gender option beyond the standard “male” and “female” options that previously existed. TechCrunch reports, “users can choose up to 10 different gender definitions to describe themselves out of more than 50 options, including “cisgender,” “transgender” and “intersex.”

On the Facebook Diversity page they say, “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).”

Facebook also included the ability for people to control who can see their custom gender. Facebook says,”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.”

The custom gender option is available today to anyone who uses Facebook in U.S. English according to the company.

To learn more about how to change your setting, visit Facebook help here.

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