TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Toronto Parents, Families and Friends of
Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale)
are pleased to support Facebook's announcement of new gender options to
help users better express their unique identities.
Following the global social media leader's 10th anniversary milestone, people who use Facebook in U.S. English can now
select from a significantly broader range of gender-choices and
suitable pronouns that they feel best describe their identity. Toronto
PFLAG and Egale strongly support the introduction of these custom
gender options in Canada and look forward to the availability of these
options for all Facebook users worldwide.
"We are greatly encouraged by Facebook's groundbreaking efforts to
identify an inclusive range of user-profile options related to gender
identity," said Toronto PFLAG President Irene Miller. "We applaud
Facebook as a courageous champion, and encourage their continued
endeavours to assist LGBTQ-individuals to live, express and present
their authentic selves."
Recognizing that some individuals face obstacles in sharing their true
gender identity with others, Facebook offers the feature for users to
control the audience with whom they want to share this information.
"Facebook has collaborated with leading LGBTQ advocacy organizations to
offer an extensive list of gender identity terms beyond binary
definitions of male and female," said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director
of Egale Canada Human Rights Trust. "This is a principled initiative
that responds to the need for dialogue pertaining to gender identity
and sexual orientation on a global level."
Toronto PFLAG and Egale commend Facebook's leadership and call upon
other social media platforms to implement similar gender-related
improvements to their user profile options. As these changes become
more widely accessible, we hope that all organizations will adopt more
LGBTQ and gender-inclusive options.
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/facebookdiversity
SOURCE: PFLAG Toronto
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