“The internet is an essential source of resources, support and community for LGBT youth, and one of its most important ‘living
"There's going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the
Facebook's massive gender inclusion turned my once invisible presence in this world into something visible. I now existed. It was quite surreal.
As expected, there was a rush of praise from the LGBT community, and condemnation from Fox News and its reactionary brethren. On further analysis, I believe this is significant progress yet not as momentous a change as some imagine.
A few months ago I was filling out an online customer survey. Under "gender," in addition to "male" and "female," there was a third option: "other." I thought that was impressive. Then Facebook came along and added 50. Bravo, Facebook, bravo.
The social networking site has added over 50 new options for users' gender. That drew a whole bunch of mockery from "Fox
For those of us who have lived our lives not quite falling into the binary description of "traditionally male" or "traditionally female," this small change is a world of difference.
At 17 I have a lot to worry about: graduating from high school, keeping in touch with friends, staying out of trouble, dealing with sexual issues, etc. But who thought I would have pressure from Facebook to decide whether I am male or female.