There used to be two options: male or female. Now, Facebook is trying to cater to its vast audience by adding new options. Facebook users in the U.S. can now choose from 50 different gender options, including intersex, transgender, or neither.
After many users across the country asked for more specific options, Facebook worked with a group of LGBT advocacy organizations to create the new choices. Facebook said the new gender options will help their users better express their identity online.
Reaction on social media over this has been mostly positive, though some are worried that the words are "loaded" and will attract bullying. However, Facebook has made it so that you can choose who can see your new gender status and hopefully avoid any negative feedback. People in our area said they think the new options are a great idea.
"I feel like it opens up their demographic, makes it more broad, makes it subscribe to more people, thus in turn giving them more business in the long run, so definitely a good idea," said Kip Reposky Jr. of Harrison County.
Jeremy Stevens of Taylor County said, "Unless someone's asking me to be friends it's not a big deal to me if it's transgender or male female; it's really not a big effect on me."