Facebook Offers More than 50 Choices for Picking Your Gender
Article by George Norman
On 17 Feb 2014
Facebook used to offer just two gender choices for members of the social network: Male and Female. There is now a new Custom option.

Pick this Custom option and you can have your choice of more than 50 gender choices: agender, bigender, transgender, and many, many more. A list is available below.

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When you set up your Facebook account, you must specify a gender. In the past, you could pick one of two options for your gender: Male or Female. A third option has been recently introduced: Custom. By selecting the Custom option you can access a large selection of gender choices – more than 50 gender choices to be more precise.

Here is a list of the gender choices available under the Custom option:
  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • Androgynous
  • Bigender
  • Cis
  • Cisgender
  • Cis Female
  • Cis Male
  • Cis Man
  • Cis Woman
  • Cisgender Female
  • Cisgender Male
  • Cisgender Man
  • Cisgender Woman
  • Female to Male
  • FTM
  • Gender Fluid
  • Gender Nonconforming
  • Gender Questioning
  • Gender Variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Intersex
  • Male to Female
  • MTF
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
  • Non-binary
  • Other
  • Pangender
  • Trans
  • Trans*
  • Trans Female
  • Trans* Female
  • Trans Male
  • Trans* Male
  • Trans Man
  • Trans* Man
  • Trans Person
  • Trans* Person
  • Trans Woman
  • Trans* Woman
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transgender Female
  • Transgender Male
  • Transgender Man
  • Transgender Person
  • Transgender Woman
  • Transmasculine
  • Transsexual
  • Transsexual Female
  • Transsexual Male
  • Transsexual Man
  • Transsexual Person
  • Transsexual Woman
  • Two-Spirit

For each gender choice on the list, users can specify how others will refer to them. They can choose between male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

“When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organizations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self,” said Facebook. “An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just ‘male’ or ‘female.’ 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).”

If the list above is not complete, and chances are it isn’t, leave a comment below.




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