Facebook announced that it added options to choose a custom gender, other than male or female, and assign the appropriate pronouns to yourself while retaining the ability to filter who is able to see your selections. According to a press release from the Transgender Law Center, “(f)or transgender and gender non-conforming people, this is a welcome update that will ensure they are able to safely express their authentic selves online.
“It may be hard for some people to understand the importance of having the ability to select from multiple genders online. People who do not fit narrow gender stereotypes may have complex identities that they wish to express. Many transgender people will be thrilled to learn that Facebook now has a tool to ensure the appropriate pronouns are used across the platform, including third-party interactions. We applaud Facebook for making it possible for people to be their authentic selves online, and we are honored to be in the Network of Support that will continue to help Facebook improve this functionality,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center.
However, the custom options don’t allow me to express my Gender, so someone should start a change.org petition to have Facebook listed as a hate group.