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Your Facebook Gender Can Now Be Anything You Want

Facebook Gender
Bloomberg via Getty Images The Facebook Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPad Air in Washington, D.C., on Mon, Jan. 27, 2014.

From 58 genders to an infinite selection

Facebook added a fill-in-the-blank option for gender on Thursday that lets users describe their gender identity freely.

“Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own,” Facebook said in a statement.

The update is a step forward in Facebook’s efforts to expand gender identity, which previously included creating 58 options for gender from “cis woman” to “two-spirit” in Feb. 2014.

Google+ similarly unveiled an “infinite” gender category in Dec. 2014, allowing users to describe their gender identity using words of their choice.

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