Gender Non-Conforming Youth Applaud Facebook for New Identity Tool

ABC News' Susan Donaldson James talked to Alok Vaid-Menon, a gender non-conforming staff member at the Audre Lorde Project about the significance of Facebook's new custom gender field options for users.

 

 

Just hours ago, Alok Vaid-Menon changed their Facebook basic information to indicate they were "gender non-conforming." That's right, "their" and "they" are the pronouns that Vaid-Menon prefers. The 22-year-old activist from New York City said reaction to the new custom gender field on the popular social networking site has been "overwhelmingly positive."

"For me, it's fundamentally about affirming people," Vaid-Menon told ABCNews.com. "It's personal and political." Now, those who are uncomfortable with selecting "male" or "female" can choose up to 10 descriptors from more than 50 identities, including transgender, androgynous or genderqueer.

Read the full ABC News story here.

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