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New gender options for Facebook users

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant has added a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

Facebook said the changes, launched Thursday, initially cover the company’s 159 million monthly users in the United States and are aimed at giving people more choices in how they describe themselves, such as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid, or transsexual.

‘‘There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world,’’ said Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison.

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