Facebook adds more than 50 gender identity options for profiles

Facebook now has more gender descriptors than 'male' and 'female'. (Courtesy Facebook)

Facebook now has more gender descriptors than male and female. (Courtesy Facebook)

Facebook offered an early Valentine’s Day present to the LGBT community.

On Feb. 13, the social networking site introduced more than 50 gender identity options for users’ profiles.

From who choose to be non-gender conforming, to individuals that consider themselves two-spirited – the mixing of gender roles in Aboriginal communities – the website now recognizes that things are not so black and white when it comes to gender identity.

They’ve even modified the useable pronouns to give users the neutral option to write on “their” wall or send “them” a message.

Corey Scott, equity and campaigns organizer of the Ryerson Students’ Union said although he supports the change, there is still work to be done.

“It’s not as expansive as it could be,” he said. “It doesn’t link you to a page to tell you what this identity is. It’s not a queer person’s duty to explain who they are; you can research the term on your own.”

Facebook also hasn’t adapted the “Interested in” section to match, but the additional gender identities is seen by many in the LGBT community as a step in the right direction.

“I’m interested in the reason behind this change,” said Scott. “I think it’s great they’ve started doing some research and hopefully it’s for the right reasons.”

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