Facebook’s 50 gender options come to UK users

facebookThe Telegraph 27 June 2014
UK Facebook users can now choose from one of 71   gender options, including asexual, polygender and two-spirit person,   following the feature’s successful integration in the US.

Users can choose a different gender option from the previous male and female   choices by selecting ‘custom’ in the gender tab of their profiles.

In addition, 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).

Facebook worked with UK groups Press for Change and Gendered Intelligence to   add 21 new options to ensure the list best reflected the ways UK users may   choose to describe themselves.

“Gender identities are complex and for many people, describing themselves   as just a man or just a woman has always been inadequate,” said   Professor Stephen Whittle, vice-president at Press for Change. The European   Court of Human Rights has upheld the right to develop our gender identity,   as key to our personal autonomy.