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Facebook Adds 56 New Gender Identity Options

Facebook introduced a list of 56 new gender identity terms on Thursday, allowing users to enter up to 10 options to customize their profile.

The change also allows users to choose a preferred pronoun: him, her or them.

Facebook stated that the changes allow its 159 million U.S. users more choices in describing themselves.

The company added that it also allows users worldwide to keep their gender identity private.

"It was simple: Not allowing people to express something so fundamental is not really cool so we did something," Alex Schultz, Facebook's director of growth, said.

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBT media advocacy organization, praised Facebook for developing the new options.

"Once again, Facebook is on the forefront of ensuring that the platform is safe and accessible to all of its LGBT users,” GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said.

The updated list of options are as follow:

  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • 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 Woman
  • Trans*
  • Trans* Female
  • Trans* Male
  • Trans* Man
  • Trans* Person
  • Trans* Woman
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transgender Female
  • Transgender Male
  • Transgender Man
  • Transgender Person
  • Transgender Woman
  • Transmasculine
  • Transsexual
  • Transsexual Female
  • Transsexual Male
  • Transsexual Man
  • Transsexual Person
  • Transsexual Woman
  • Two-spirit

Sources: The Denver Post, Slate Magazine


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