Facebook UK reveals custom gender option

Brits can now choose to describe themselves as male, female or a custom option

Facebook UK reveals custom gender option
27 June 2014

After a successful launch in the US earlier this year, Facebook has announced a new custom gender option in the UK.

The social networking giant is now offering people to select a custom gender, as well as choosing a pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly.

These options are male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

Facebook users can also choose the audience who sees their custom gender, as some people face challenges with sharing their true gender identity with some people.

Simon Milner, policy director at UK, Middle East and Africa Facebook, said: ‘When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organisations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true self.

‘An important part of this is the expression of gender especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just “male’ or ‘female”. Today’s announcement provides significantly more options for people in the UK.’

After working with LGBTI advocacy organizations in the US, Facebook also consulted UK experts.

Jay Stewart, co-founder and director at Gendered Intelligence, said he welcomed the inclusion of non-binary identities that are so often overlooked or erased.

‘Facebook’s decision to better reflect trans lives online sends a message to young trans people that their identities and concerns are legitimate and that their voices have been listened to,’ he said.

Professor Stephen Whittle, vice-president at Press for Change, added: ‘Gender identities are complex and for many people, describing themselves as just a man or just a woman has always been inadequate.

‘The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the right to develop our gender identity, as key to our personal autonomy.

‘By challenging the gender binary, Facebook will finally allow thousands of people to describe themselves as they are now and it will allow future generation of kids to become truly comfortable in their own skins.’



Why is Facebook refusing to listen to trans people over their 'real names' policy?

Why is Facebook refusing to listen to trans people over their 'real names' policy?

CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims their policy is not affecting trans people. Except it clearly is
No thumbnail available

London gay sauna could close to make way for luxury hotel

Gentrification-led destruction of the UK capital's LGBTI scene continues as popular sauna Chariots might close
Taylor Swift invites Ellen DeGeneres on stage and it is the cutest thing ever
No thumbnail available

Cameroon Catholic archbishop says gays are enemy of creation

Simon-Victor Tonyé Bakot, Catholic Archbishop of Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon makes anti-gay statements ahead of national anti-gay day
No thumbnail available

Judge in Florida rules state's ban on gay marriage is against US constitution

Case marks 25th consecutive legal victory for marriage equality since US Supreme Court gutted DOMA last year
No thumbnail available

More than 20 Uganda teen girls expelled for ‘lesbianism’

Girls as young as 11 lose their futures as they are accused of forming a society to 'recruit' other teens into the 'act of homosexuality'
WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are expecting their first child

WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are expecting their first child

Couple got married last month shortly after domestic dispute
No thumbnail available

Olympics must never be hosted in an anti-gay country again, 100,000 call

Dozens of people were arrested under the gay propaganda law in Sochi, and activists are hoping this never happens again
No thumbnail available

Canadian gay marriage fears quelled as government backs down

Australian marriage advocates reassure same-sex couples after Canadian scare.
No thumbnail available

EU hopefuls told to improve gay rights

European Parliament calls on Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo to tackle LGBT discrimination