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Facebook adds new profile option, includes transgender users

Facebook breaks free from gender categories of male or female, appealing to the LGBT community.

Published Thu, Feb 13 2014 6:45 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:18 PM CST

Facebook is being applauded for its decision to expand gender identification from male or female to include bi-gender, androgynous and other identifiers, much to the delight of the LGBTQ community. Early reports indicate there are at least 56 different options, which users can customize so only select friends can see.

Facebook adds new profile option, includes transgender users | TweakTown.com

"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," the company said on the Facebook Diversity page. "An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just 'male or female.'"

The new Facebook custom gender option is currently available to U.S. Facebook users only, but is expected to roll out internationally in the future.

This makes sense for Facebook, a San Francisco Bay Area-based company, as the No. 1 social networking site aims to appeal to everyone as individuals.

NEWS SOURCE:facebook.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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