Facebook Introduced New Gender Options

Posted On 15 Feb 2014
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Facebook continues to experience to create a better experience.

With a click of the cursor, Jay Brown, in Cheverly, Maryland, changed from male to transmasculine.

A few states away, Debon Garrigues, Asheville, North Carolina, went from male to neutral.

In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, before female, scored three options: androgynous, transgender and gender variant.

Across the country the news among the transgender community that the social networking giant Facebook had added a custom option with 50 different terms for people to identify their gender as well as three options for the pronoun they prefer spread: he, she or they / them.

One after another, the users of Facebook contained in this sector began to change the identification of its kind in a kind of silent revolution.

“To me, this is much more than a button on a monitor,” Garrigues said. “This encourages people to think beyond the binary spectrum. Means you do not have to try to fit why the wrong locker,” he said.

For many more, the new policy went unnoticed or was too far.

“Of course Facebook has the right to manage your site popular as it sees fit, but the point here is that it is impossible to deny the biological reality that humanity is divided into two halves: men and women,” said Jeff Johnston, analyst topics for Focus on the Family, an influential religious organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Those who requested the change insist that there are an infinite number of genres, but quite simply is not. Having said that, we have great compassion for those who reject their biological sex and believe they belong to the opposite sex,” he said.

Facebook said the changes, shared with The Associated Press before the start, initially covering 159 million monthly users of the company in the United States and are intended to give people more options to describe their genre, as androgynous, bisexual, intersex, transgender or gender fluid.

“There will be many people for whom this is unimportant, but some accounts have a profound impact, it means everything,” said the software engineer Facebook, Brielle Harrison, who worked on the project and it has taken her gender change , from male to female.

Facebook, which has 1.230 million monthly active users in the world, it also allows them to keep private their gender and retain this policy.

The company does not routinely disseminate information about its users and Thursday lacked the initial figures for people who changed their gender identification or having left Facebook.

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