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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Facebook introduces more than 70 new gender options to the UK: 'We want to reflect society'

From the UK Independent:

Custom options added specifically for the UK market include intersex man, asexual, and hermaphrodite

From today, Facebook users in the UK will be able to choose from more than 70 new gender options as the company seeks to better reflect the country’s diversity.

The new gender options (around 50 of which were first introduced in the US in February) include androgynous, trans person, polygender, and cisgender - with users also able to suggest their own additions.

Speaking to The Independent, Facebook’s policy director in the UK Simon Milner said: 
“It’s all about Facebook enabling people to be themselves, and making users feel comfortable in how they express themselves and how they talk about the issues that matter to them.”
Mr Milner said that the social network had worked with two UK organizations - Press For Change and Gendered Intelligence - to select the new options, and that additional terms added specifically for the UK market included intersex man, asexual, and hermaphrodite.

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