Male…Female…or Custom: This, along with three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.
Raise your hand if something tells you that even 50 may not be enough.
Facebook told The Associated Press before the Thursday launch, that the move initially covers the company’s 159 million monthly users in the U.S.
It is aimed at giving people more choices in how they describe themselves: androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual for instance.
Brielle Harrison, a Facebook software engineer who is undergoing male to female gender transformation, worked on the project and says, “There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world.”
Harrison plans to change her Facebook profile from “Female” to “TransWoman.”
“All too often transgender people like myself and other gender nonconforming people are given this binary option, do you want to be male or female? What is your gender? And it’s kind of disheartening because none of those let us tell others who we really are,” she said. “This really changes that, and for the first time I get to go to the site and specify to all the people I know what my gender is,” she adds.
Read more on this at U.S. News.