CNN's Phillips Gushes Over Facebook's 50+ Gender Categories: 'That's A Beautiful Thing'

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<p>From the 14 February 2014 edition of <em>CNN Newsroom</em>:</p><p>KYRA PHILLIPS: Facebook users, your 'about' section just expanded in a big – and maybe, for many of you – unfamiliar way. Under gender, there's now a custom option, and it allows you to choose from 50 terms. Here's some of the examples: 'cisgender,' 'gender fluid,' 'two-spirit,' 'intersex,' and 'neither.'...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />Joining me now, Rich Ferraro, vice president of communications for GLAAD. So, Rich, you actually worked on this project with Facebook. So, whose idea was it, and why did it become an issue and an important move for Facebook?<br /><br />RICH FERRARO, VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, GLAAD: ...Facebook today is a reflection for who we are and the story that we want to tell the world about ourselves, and there were some users who couldn't do that.<br /><br />Facebook contacted GLAAD to help work with us on this issue, and GLAAD was happy to work with Facebook. But more importantly, we were happy for the trans-gender and the gender non-conforming youth, who now can tell the world who they are, in their own words....<br /><br />PHILLIPS: ...So, what do you say to those folks that are like – okay, this is just way too much to understand and comprehend – and why can't we just keep it more simple?<br /><br />FERRARO: ...I don't think it's ridiculous to accept LGBT young people for who they are. I think that Facebook has really made a great step forward – to telling those young people that you can be who you are on Facebook.<br /><br />PHILLIPS: Well, that's a beautiful thing. We all want to be who we are – right, Rich?</p>

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