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Facebook to add Custom Gender Options

Facebook is preparing some changes, as the social network will add custom gender options to allow users more choices to describe themselves. Options are going to include androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual. 

The change will first become usable among users in the United States, which in fact include more than 159 million people. The option will be customizable, actually including about 50 terms that people can use to best describe themselves and identify their gender. 

Facebook users will also have three pronoun choices to use: he/him, she/her and they/them, which is the neutral version. 

How was this list made? Facebook claimed that they worked with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups with the purpose to create these lists of gender options. 

Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison said that even though for many people this change will mean absolutely nothing, there is the small group that it does impact and for which “it means the world.” Brielle claims that she understands best what this is all about, as she is now undergoing transformation from male to female. 

Previously, Facebook users were able to make their choice only between two options: male and female. The option could appear on their Timeline or not, depending on the choice of each user. 

Naturally, the new option will be available for anyone who wants to have it on their Facebook profile, as the social network will continue to allow users to keep their gender identity private. 

Currently, there is estimated that there are more than 700,000 people in the US who identify themselves as transgender. All these individuals might appreciate the change that Facebook is trying to make at this point. 

There are more than 1.23 billion people who use Facebook nowadays. The popularity that this social network has is not only spectacular, but the profile individuals have on Facebook have actually become their online identity. The new change is believed to be an important step to allow people to choose what represents them best. 

While the new changes already are available in the United States, we should expect to see profile updates all around the world for everyone to be able to update the About section on Facebook. 

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