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TRUE - Facebook Allows You to Choose A Custom Gender Option

Several people have asked me about circulating claims that Facebook users can now specify any gender designation they want on their profile via a custom gender option. Some have suggested that the claims about a custom gender option might be just a hoax. However, the claims are true. There is indeed such an option.

If you click 'About' on your profile page and then click 'Contact and Basic Info' you should see the 'Gender' listing. Clicking the edit button beside the listing allows you to configure the setting. A drop-down list allows you to choose, 'Male', Female' and 'Custom'.

If you choose the 'Custom' option, you can now add any gender designation that you see fit.

Previously, Facebook provided an extensive gender identity list for you to choose from. But, since an update in February 2015, you can now add your own in a free form field. You can add up to ten gender identity terms in the field. And, you can control who sees the custom gender information.

A post about the option on Facebook's Diversity Page notes:
We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.
Facebook Custom Gender Option


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Last updated: August 6, 2015
First published: August 6, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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