Brielle Harrison . Photo: nydailynews.com

Brielle Harrison, Facebook’s Software Engineer to switch to “Trans Woman.” Photo: nydailynews.com

You now have an option to choose whatever gender you want on Facebook. The social network giant recognizes that not all users identify themselves as “male” or “female;” Therefore,  in an epic quest to give its users the ability to become their true, authentic selves, Facebook collaborated with leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activist groups to add a third “custom” response option to its gender identification field.

 

Facebook "Custom" Gender options. Photo: geekologie.com

Facebook “Custom” Gender options. Photo: geekologie.com

With the new “custom” option, users will be able to cherry pick from more than 50 additional responses such as as transgender, cisgender, gender fluid, intersex, bigender, agender, genderqueer, pangender, two-spirit, neutrois, other and neither.

 

 

 

 

Facebook "Custom" Gender options. Photo: geekologie.com

Facebook “Custom” Gender options. Photo: geekologie.com

In addition, users who select the “custom” gender option, also have the ability to choose the pronoun they would like to be referred to within the Facebook community.  For example, he/his (male), she/her (female) or they/their (gender neutral).

 

 

 

In a post on its diversity page, Facebook reported that:

“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.’ “

 

According to Allison Palmer, former Vice President of GLAAD who worked on this project with Facebook:

“Facebook’s new gender options will make a difference to many transgender and gender nonconforming users, who are now empowered to accurately describe their own identities on the platform.”

 

Click here to learn more about how you can update your gender status and adjust your privacy settings to control who can view the change on your Facebook profile page.

 

 

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