Facebook has decided to let users customize what they feel their gender is on the social media site, after they discussed the subject with various gay and transgender advocacy groups. That means a person does not have to consider himself or herself a him or her anymore to be able to sign up.
Because the sexual identities of numerous users are personally felt to be in doubt, Facebook decided to go ahead on Thursday and add a third gender option that is included in people’s profiles. Besides the usual male and female choices, the social media site will now allow users who live in the United States pick among around 50 added options such as transgender, intersex, neither, cisgender and gender fluid.
Facebook users now also have the choice to be able to pick the pronoun they would prefer to be referred to in public. There is he/his, she/her or the gender nonaligned they/their. Facebook put up a post on its own Diversity page that read when a person comes to the social media site in order to be able to people, causes and groups he, she, or they care about, Facebook wants the individual to be comfortable by being able to be his, her or their real, authentic self.
A very important part of feeling that comfort is being able to freely express gender, especially when that gender happens to go beyond what the definitions are of a male or a female, so Facebook is now very proud to begin offering a new custom gender selection in order to help an individual be better able to express his/her/their own identity on Facebook.
The social media site explained how it worked with various groups of top gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender support organizations in order to be able to come up with the new gender names. Facebook users all over the United States have been asking for the capability to be able to reflect their own personal gender in a more accurate fashion, and now the social media site was able to show them they were listening, stated Allison Palmer, who is a previous GLAAD vice president and who also helped work on the development plan with Facebook.
If someone wants to edit gender or any other personal information, Facebook explains to go to Timeline, which called profile, hit the update info at the bottom of the cover photograph, click the edit button over in the top right part of the area to change because new gender options are only available within an auto complete drop-down menu, so a person has to start typing to make them appear, enter the new information and make sure to save everything.
There are also other new gender choices on the social media site. Some of them are Trans Male, Trans Female, Gender Variant, Trans Person, Bigender, Gender Questioning, Pangender, Transsexual and Androgynous. Along with this, Facebook has also updated their privacy setting levels in order to allow users to have the power to control who they want to share their custom gender with.
The reaction about the social media site doing this was mostly positive, however a few people were kidding that they were going to have to get a dictionary in order to figure out what most of the gender personality terms meant. Facebook has not said when the brand new gender selections would possibly become available to users who live outside the United States.
Facebook has decided to let users go ahead and customize what they feel their gender is on the social media site, after they discussed the subject with various gay and transgender advocacy groups.
By Kimberly Ruble