Facebook has just announced that they are offering new identity options instead of just male and female.
Facebook wants you to help “better express your own identity”, offering 50 new gender profiles including “transgender”, “intersex” “gender questioning”, “androgynous”, “bigender”and “neither.”
Users are also able to chose the prononun that they would like to be referred as such as “he/his”, “she/her” or the gender neutral “they/their”.
“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,” Facebook announced on their page.
“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.”
Facebook said they worked with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations to come up with the new gender categories.
“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, who worked on the project with Facebook.
To edit your gender status, simply go to your profile and click “update” at the bottom of your cover photo. Then select edit in the gender category.