Google Opens Up More Options For People To Describe Their Gender On Google+
Google+ users now have more options to describe their gender according to Google. Users will no longer be restricted to “male,” “female,” and “other;” but will instead be allowed to type in their preference into a text field provided by Google. Users can also provide Google with a designated pronoun, which the company would use to refer them on their profile, to customize phrases Google+ automatically generates, such as “in her circles.”
“For many people, gender identity is more complex than just “male” or “female.” Starting today, I’m proud to announce that Google+ will support an infinite number of ways to express gender identity, by giving you the option to customize the way your gender is represented on your profile,” wrote Rachael Bennett of Google+
The new options, which will be rolled out in a couple of days from now, will see users being given the freedom or liberty to describe their gender; a move started by Facebook back in February. Recall that Facebook went a bit further back in June, allowing users in the United Kingdom to choose from 70 gender descriptions.
“Previously, we provided options for “Male,” “Female,” and “Other,” to encompass both those who don’t fit into the traditional gender labels and those who don’t want to declare their gender to the world at large. Now, the gender field on your profile will contain four entries, “Male,” “Female,” “Decline to state,” and “Custom.” When “Custom” is selected, a freeform text field and a pronoun field will appear. You can still limit who can see your gender, just like you can now. We’ll be rolling this feature out for all users over the next few days.”
Google has been showing huge support for the bisexual, lesbian, transgender, and gay community with a couple of changes to its user interface. Its support was more pronounced in June when it backed the commemoration of Pride celebration.
Some Google+ users are already expressing their satisfaction with these new changes, which shows that it is going to be a huge success; and after all, Facebook didn’t have any opposition when it made its own changes back in February and also in June.
Some users will be pleased because all restrictions have been eliminated, and no longer do they have to choose a particular gender because they are forced to. No need to explain yourself because you don’t fit into the male/female binary.