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Facebook users can now choose between 50 new ‘gender identity’ options

Facebook has 1.2 billion users – and now it has nearly as many gender categories to match. The social media website unveiled a new feature today that allows users to jettison male or female and describe themselves by dozens of “gender” labels.

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24th February 2014 10:33

Alessia Valenza | ILGA North America

Under the “gender” section of their profile, users may click on “custom” and type in dozens of options, including “pangender,” “genderqueer,” “bigender,” "agender,” “gender questioning,” “androgynous,” “cisgender,” and “neutrois.”

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality joked, “Do you remember the good old days when there were only five genders?” He told LifeSiteNews he was thankful they had not included the term “genderf—k,” a growing self-identity among those who embrace a fluid view of sexual identity.

Still, Facebook’s list of potential “gender” terms is large and growing. “Way to go, Facebook – smash that gender binary!” wrote John Becker of The Bilerico Project, congratulating the social media giant for its decision.

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