In the old days it was easy. You were either a man or a woman. These days, things are not so straight forward. How would you fill in a form if you are transgender? Most places don’t provide an option. Well Facebook has decided to acknowledge the many types of gender identities and apparently they have managed to identify as many as 56 different gender identities that one can choose from on Facebook.
Facebook’s official announcement states, “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).”
This new custom gender option can be hidden from people if you want, like co-workers, friends, family members, etc. Great news for those who are something other than just male or female. It is a smart move on Facebooks part to acknowledge this and give people more options.