Facebook has just made the LGBT community very happy today by announcing multiple gender options and pronoun choices for users. Users may also limit the people who can see their gender, which is a boon for people who are not public about their gender identity.
Facebook’s LGBT community advisors have been in talks with Facebook to ensure the gender options and pronoun options are as comprehensive as possible for the many different forms of gender identity people associate with.
Facebook says on its Facebook Diversity Page:
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. Moreover, people who select a custom gender will now have the ability to choose the pronoun they’d like to be referred to publicly — male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).
Details of how to update your gender and chosen pronouns on Facebook are here, or you can head straight to your About page and edit away. Be sure to also update your Facebook Timeline privacy settings when you make your changes.
The new gender identities and pronouns are available now for users using Facebook in US English.
What do you think of the change? Do you see it as a big step forward for Facebook? Is it going far enough?