Facebook adds 70 new gender options in Ireland

1 May 2015

Irish Facebook users can now choose from more than 70 gender options, following on the heels of similar moves in the US and the UK.

Facebook has introduced a new free-form field on the site that will allow users to describe themselves in any of up to 70 gender terms, including transsexual or bi-gender.

Users will also have the ability to control the audience they want to share their custom gender with.

Up until now only male and female options existed in profile settings.

According to the The Irish Times,Facebook worked with a number of leading LGBT organisations, including BeLongTo, to create the new gender categories.

The Facebook gender option changes are particularly relevant in light of the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland on 22 May.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years