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Male, female or custom? Facebook's new gender options

Published on Feb 14, 2014 3:54 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Facebook on Thursday freed members from the bonds of being either male or female, letting people opt for custom genders such as transsexual or "intersex" at the social network.

Along with adding scores of "custom gender" options on profile pages, Facebook is letting members select which pronouns they wish to be used when being referred to in posts or messages.

Facebook users could opt to be refered to as "he/him" or "she/her," or by a neutral "they/their" choice.

"While to many this change may not mean much, for those it affects it means a great deal," Facebook said in a post at its Diversity page that included a picture of a giant rainbow flag on display on the company's campus in the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park.

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