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Facebook Announces 50 Gender Choices for Users

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Facebook is trying to accommodate people who self-identify their gender with 50 new terms.

Many of these new Facebook gender choices don't exist in medical textbooks, but include, "cisgender, intersex and gender fluid."

For those who do not want to identify their gender, Facebook will still allow them to keep it private, notes CNN.

“There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world,” Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison, who is undergoing a gender transformation from male to female, told the Associated Press.

“All too often transgender people like myself and other gender nonconforming people are given this binary option, do you want to be male or female? What is your gender? And it’s kind of disheartening because none of those let us tell others who we really are,” added Harrison. “This really changes that, and for the first time I get to go to the site and specify to all the people I know what my gender is.”

Facebook users can also choose the pronoun they want to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her, or they/their.

Facebook states on its Diversity page, "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."

Sources: Facebook, Associated Press, CNN

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