Earlier today Facebook announced that it will be adding a custom gender option, this is to support the social-media hub’s transgender members in the United States. The announcement also came with a few alterations with user’s privacy settings.
According to recent reports released from Facebook, Transgender accounts makeup a small portion of the 159 million monthly users in the United States alone, but Facebook is leading the way to embrace them and allow them to identify their gender as they see fit.
“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),” the social network said in a statement released earlier today.
New sexuality preferences were also added like androgynous or transgender. “We also have added the ability for people to control the audience with whom they want to share their custom gender,” Facebook continued in the same statement. GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis, whose LGBT rights organization played a role on creating the new Facebook settings, working with the company to best guide Facebook in the process. “This new feature is a step forward in recognizing transgender people and allows them to tell their authentic story in their own words.” She later added, “Once again, Facebook is on the forefront of ensuring that the platform is safe and accessible to all of its LGBT users.”