You no longer have to be a ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ on Facebook. The social networking site, on Thursday, introduced new gender options and now people can choose if they want to be referred to as ‘he/him’, ‘she/her’ or a neutral, ‘they/their’.
While Nepal’s gay MP Sunil Babu Pant, who had quit the popular site to protest against the limited gender choices has joined it again, the move is being applauded by Indian LGBT community as well.
“Earlier, it looked like I was scared of announcing my identity, but in reality, I had no choice,” says Yukta, a member of the homosexual community. Read: You don't have to be just male or female on FB anymore
"This move will send a subtle psychological message that other genders are also normal. Gradually, people will become more accepting of us. I hope some Supreme Court people are also on Facebook," says another LGBT member, on the condition of anonymity.
The site has explained this move in a post.
"While to many this change may not mean much, for those it affects it means a great deal (sic)," the post reads.
Slamming claims that Facebook is trying to cash-in on niche ads by targetting special genders, ad guru Prahlad Kakar says, "It’s a democratic move to recognise special genders, a step at creating a homogenous society. Where are thespecial products for sexual minorities, so, where is the question of making profits from this?"