Last week, Facebook added civil unions and domestic partnerships to their list of possible relationship statuses, allowing more online representation for same-sex couples.
The decision was applauded by gay rights activists and social media users alike. GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said that the Social Network has “sent a clear message in support of gay and lesbian couples to users across the globe by acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples in the U.S. and abroad.”
The decision is evidence that Facebook recognizes the inextricable relationship between user’s real life identity and their online identity, and sets a new standard of inclusion for social media.
As for gender options: there’s still a dichotomy, as Facebook profiles can only be set to “male” or “female,” leaving no corresponding representation for those who identify with neither or both.
Until then, try the “it’s complicated” option.