Gone are the days when you could only choose between male or female while creating a Facebook profile. The social giant is set to roll out nearly 50 customizable options for users to choose from. For example, users who choose ‘custom’ in gender will be given further options like he, him, she, her, they and their among others to choose from. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
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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. An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just “male” or female.” So today, we’re proud to offer a new custom gender option to help you better express your own identity on Facebook. We collaborated with our Network of Support, a group of leading LGBT advocacy organizations, to offer an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
These options will first be rolled out in the US only. There is no word though on when it will be rolled out for the global audience.
In addition to giving users the freedom to express their gender, Facebook is also giving them the power to choose whom they want to share the information with. When updating your profile, you will be shown the “Audience Selector” option. Clicking it gives you the option to choose whom you want to share the information with and whom you want to hide it from.
The list of 50 gender options in full
Agender, Androgyne, Androgynes, Androgynous, Bigender, Cis, Cis Female, Cis Male, Cis Man, Cis Woman, Cisgender, Cisgender Female, Cisgender Male, Cisgender Man, Cisgender Woman, Female to Male, FTM, Gender Fluid, Gender Nonconforming, Gender Questioning, Gender Variant, Genderqueer, Intersex, Male to Female, MTF, Neither, Neutrois, Non-binary, Other, Pangender, Trans, Trans Female, Trans Male, Trans Man, Trans Person, Trans*Female, Trans*Male, Trans*Man, Trans*Person, Trans*Woman, Transexual, Transexual Female, Transexual Male, Transexual Man, Transexual Person, Transexual Woman, Transgender Female, Transgender Person, Transmasculine and Two-spirit.