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Facebook Pride: Now Allowing Users To Define Gender Identity And Pronouns

Angela Randall 14-02-2014

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 How To Control Your Privacy With The Facebook Timeline While the new Facebook timeline looks fantastic, there are a few privacy concerns worth keeping in mind. For most people, certain things will need adjusting before you can be completely sure that your posts aren't... Read More 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?

Source: Facebook Diversity via BetaNews, TechCrunch

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  1. Shillos
    March 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I tried adding this "Straight Male Hybrid from Planet Earth" and it didn't accept it! I for most I don't care about LGBT's that ARE Martians! :-P

  2. Steve
    February 18, 2014 at 3:39 am

    What ever happened to just "Male" or "Female" ?? IMO, these are sexual and/or lifestyle preferences, not an actual gender. Just because a boy wears girls closes doesn't make HIM a HER. Just because little Johnny thinks he is little Joanna doesn't make him a her. He's still a he.

    Most would agree "gender" is physical, biological, mental and behavioral characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity (wikipedia). I just can't possibly see how mental or behavioral characteristics can change your gender. Monday, I'll be a man. Tue...oh, I think I'll be a woman. Maybe Wednesday, I'll be neigher! I dunno...

  3. Anonymous
    February 16, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Do those shouting for equal tolerance ever realize if they've hit the point where they are truly such in the minority that what they demand is actually offensive to the majority? What happened to the old days where you realized you were in the minority and simply kept your mouth shut because most really don't agree, or even care for that matter?

    Like others above eluded to, you either were born with a wiener or had one attached via surgery as a CHOICE or had it cut off or weren't born with one, etc.. Nobody came down from any heavens to say "you're right, we got it wrong, you are really supposed to be a (wo)man", that would instead be the surgery that was contracted, correct? And these are the people that screamed loudly enough that facebook somehow wasn't recognizing their GENDER?

    I think if I'm forced to see a field advertising that a woman used to be a man but had his penis removed, that facebook should add a field tolerating those of us that think it's disgusting and check a box for that, too......"NOT looking for an idiot that cut off his penis and now believes he's a woman."....that must be in the next revision......

  4. Phid
    February 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I think it's a step backward for Facebook. Surely, people must be able to see the absurdity of all this.

    • Matthew H
      February 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I don't.

    • Anonymous
      February 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      How is it absurd? Surely people should be able to identify as they wish, be it in gender, sexuality or anything else?

    • Fik of borg
      February 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      I don't think it’s a step backward, but it surely is a mostly useless gimmick to please the LGBT community.
      People are just males or females (there are very few real hermaphrodites). Why complicate matters? If a person changes his/hers gender... well, him/her now has the other gender. The rest is covered in the "Interested in" option. What follows, something like "Delicate looking male" or "Butch looking Female"?