Here's Why It's Important That Social Networks Are Opening Up Gender Preferences

As more and more LGBTQ people around the world join and become active on social sites, these companies are recognizing that it's important for them to be accepted members of the community.

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There’s a refreshing shift in social networking today, as many sites are going beyond male and female, allowing users to include the gender with which they truly identify.

Facebook was an early pioneer in this (despite controversy over mandating that users have their real name), and Pinterest recently updated to let users put in a custom gender.

The facet of true box-less self expression helped launch Ello into popularity, and Google+ and OKCupid also cater to those who don’t feel comfortable labeling themselves as either female or male.



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