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Facebook Offers New Gender Options for Users

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A screen shot released by Facebook shows the new gender option screen, which gives users about 50 different terms to identify their gender, Feb. 13, 2014.

A screen shot released by Facebook shows the new gender option screen, which gives users about 50 different terms to identify their gender, Feb. 13, 2014.

The social media giant Facebook has now made it possible for people to choose options other than "male" and "female" when identifying their gender.

Facebook said the changes launched on Thursday initially cover the company's users in the United States. The adjustments give people more than 50 choices of how they describe themselves, including androgynous, bi-gender or transsexual.

Facebook also is letting users choose between three pronouns to describe themselves: "him," "her" or a gender-neutral "them."

Facebook says it plans to take the change global after working with activists abroad to come up with terms appropriate for other countries.
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