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

Your Facebook Gender Can Now Be Anything You Want

Feb 26, 2015

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.

This Is What Your Facebook Profile Looked Like Over the Last 11 Years

The Original Facebook Group Page, 2004.
The Original Facebook Group Page, 2004. Before people realized how awesome pictures are.Courtesy of Facebook
The Original Facebook Group Page, 2004.
Facebook Profile Page, 2005.
Facebook Profile Page Facelift, 2005.
Facebook Profile Page, 2006.
Facebook Profile Page, 2007.
Facebook Profile Page, 2008.
Facebook Profile Page, 2009.
Facebook Profile Page, 2010.
Facebook Profile Page, 2011.
Facebook Profile Page, 2012.
Facebook Profile Page, 2013-2014.
Facebook Profile Page, 2014-2015. Facebook updated both the newsfeed algorithm and the privacy settings.
The Original Facebook Group Page, 2004. Before people realized how awesome pictures are.
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