Facebook has rolled out LGBT-friendly gender options for users in the U.S. who’d like to express their identity on the social networking website. Aside from picking “male” and “female,” users can choose up to ten different gender definitions to describe themselves out of more than 50 options. That includes “transgender,” “intersex,” and “neither.”
Users can also choose the pronoun they’d like to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her, or gender neutral they/their. They’ve also added the ability for users to control the audience with whom they’d like to share their customer gender.
“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,” Facebook said in a post on its Diversity page.
Facebook said it worked with a group of leading LGBT advocacy organizations to come up with the new gender categories. The update comes three years after the website added LGBT-friendly relationship statuses, including “civil union” and “in a domestic partnership.”
To edit your gender status, you can visit the settings menu on your About page and click on the gender options. Alongside male and female, you’ll see a “Custom” option. When custom is selected, just begin typing your preferred gender status(es), and a list of options will appear.
There’s no word on when the new gender options may be available to users outside of the U.S.