The options are almost endless now for those wishing to adjust their gender designation on Facebook.
Users can now post their gender identity through a custom setting on their profile, allowing them to type in their gender preference, and a designation of “she/her,” “he/his,” and “they/their” for pronoun preference. (RELATED: Media Matters needs a visit from Ru Paul)
Over 50 gender options are available from the auto-complete drop-down menu, including Transgender, Cisgender, Gender Fluid, Intersex, Neither, Trans Female, Trans Male, Trans Person, Gender Variant, Gender Questioning, Bigender, Androgynous, Pangender and Transsexual. Privacy settings allow the user to adjust who can see their custom gender.
Facebook posted on its Diversity page that it wants its users to “feel comfortable being your true authentic self” when connecting with others.
“An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just ‘male’ or ‘female,’” the post continued. “So today, we’re proud to offer a new custom gender option to help you better express your own identity on Facebook.” (RELATED: Piers Morgan’s inexcusable crimes of gender discourse and other pointless episodes)
Facebook collaborated with LGBT advocacy groups and organizations to come up with the new categories, reports CNN.
“Facebook users from across the country have been asking for the ability to reflect their gender accurately, and today Facebook showed they have been listening,” said Allison Palmer, a former GLAAD vice president, who worked on the project with Facebook, to CNN.
Facebook did not mention when these options would be available to those outside of the U.S.
Tthe LGBTQQAOPA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, omnisexual, pansexual and allied) has resulted in many different actions in order to pursue equality via pronoun usage: lawsuits, states’ “choose-your-own-bathroom policy” and teacher’s warnings on whether to refer to students by pronouns at all.