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Facebook to Follow Google+ with Gender Neutrality?

Facebook to Follow Google+ with Gender Neutrality?

Now that Google+ has the option for users to remain gender-neutral, an activist organization is urging Facebook, the world's second most popular website to go the same route. AllOut has a petition encouraging Facebook to accommodate transgender people and those who wish not to disclose their gender on their profiles. AllOut.org/Facebook features the stories of several gender non-conforming people like Mikaela (pictured) who are also urging the social networking giant to change the provided gender identity options. Andre Banks of AllOut said in a statement Thursday that the change would not be a difficult one for Facebook's administrators to make.

Now that Google+ has the option for users to remain gender-neutral, an activist organization is urging Facebook, the world's second most popular website to go the same route.

AllOut has a petition encouraging Facebook to accommodate transgender people and those who wish not to disclose their gender on their profiles. AllOut.org/Facebook features the stories of several gender non-conforming people like Mikaela (pictured) who are also urging the social networking giant to change the provided gender identity options. Andre Banks of AllOut said in a statement Thursday that the change would not be a difficult one for Facebook's administrators to make.

"The right to an online identity is something that most of us have come to take for granted, yet there are millions of people in every part of the world who are denied the right to be themselves simply because they don't fit into the 'male' or 'female' checkboxes," Banks said.

The petition signatures accompany a letter to Randi Zuckerberg, the company's director of social good, to recognize those who do not identify as male or female among the site's 750 million users.

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