John M. Becker

BREAKING: Facebook Adds Dozens of New Gender Options

Filed By John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 1:05 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Facebook, gender binary, gender identity, gender spectrum, social media

too-queer-for-binary.jpgMinutes ago, the social network Facebook announced that its 1.15 billion active users around the world will no longer be forced to identify themselves as male or female.

The AP reports:

The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

Facebook said the changes being rolled out Thursday for the company's 159 million U.S. users are aimed at giving people more choices in how they describe themselves, such as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual.

Users will also be allowed to keep their gender identity private, if they so choose.

Way to go, Facebook -- smash that gender binary! Readers: have the new gender options rolled out to your account yet?

UPDATE: Facebook users report that to access the changes, you select "custom," which brings up a text box allowing you to type. As you type, an autocomplete feature brings up a list of possible options. They include androgynous, cisgender (fe)male, bi-gender, trans* (wo)man, transgender (fe)male, agender, pangender, gender fluid, genderqueer, gender questioning, and many, many more.

A screenshot of some of Facebook's new gender identity options is after the jump, courtesy of Bilerico reader Gary.


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