Facebook announced that its users now have the ability to specify custom genders, such as transgender, androgynous, and genderqueer, and they can also specify whether to publicly be referred to as male (he/his), female (she/her), or neutral (they/their).
Orlando Cruz, a featherweight boxer, revealed his sexuality in October, declaring himself a “proud gay man,” so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he used a public forum to propose to longtime boyfriend José Manuel: Facebook.
A Facebook spokesman told The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog that approximately 70 percent of the social network’s users in the U.S. have at least one friend who has indicated on Facebook that they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Facebook’s trademark color has always been (and will likely always be) blue. However, on Friday, the social network will turn select national pages purple as it joins Tumblr and Yahoo in support of gay youth on Spirit Day.
Facebook is continually changing its privacy settings, trying to give users more control over what they want to share and with whom. But still, even with the most stringent settings in place, personal information can find a way out. The Wall Street Journal examined how Facebook changed the lives of two gay college students, when a classmate added them to a public group for other gay choir singers at the school — an action that was shared on the students’ news feeds.
Facebook did not hide its support of the gay community ahead of National Coming Out Day Thursday, posting a recap video from the San Francisco Pride 2012 Parade on the Facebook Diversity page Wednesday night.