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Facebook adds new gender option for users: fill in the blank


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I'm not a social media sort of person.  But this really is pretty huge in our world.  And it was made possible by a transgender person named Ari Chivukula.  Maybe facebook, and Ari Chivukula in particular, should get a load of appreciation in their inbox.  I decided to post this under the noteworthy section, as I believe Ari Chivukula deserves to be considered as such.

Feb 26, 3:36 PM (ET)
By MARTHA MENDOZA



Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.  "Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own," said a Facebook announcement published online Thursday morning and shared in advance with The Associated Press.

Facebook software engineer Ari Chivukula, who identifies as transgender and was part of the team that made the free-form option, thinks the change will lead to more widespread acceptance of people who don't identify themselves as a man or woman.  "We're hoping this will open up the dialogue," Chivukula said.

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http://apnews.myway....2e6f893fe4.html
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