Target: Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook
Goal: Express gratitude for Facebook’s new “fill-in-the-blank” gender option.
Facebook users can now describe their gender identity in their own words after the popular social media website launched an update to their user interface. This represents a huge step forward for the non-cis community that has been fighting for respect and recognition. Applaud Facebook for this inclusive change.
Thanks to the passionate activism of those here at ForceChange, last year Facebook did away with the old male/female gender dichotomy that users had had to choose from since the website’s start and introduced a battery of 58 different gender options that users could choose from. It didn’t stop there, though.
Just recently, Facebook took that ethic of inclusion and respect that we so clearly communicated one step further by letting users choose to describe their gender identities in their own words using a “fill-in-the-blank” option. Giving people the power to present their gender to others using their own language validates one’s own personal experiences and opens up very necessary conversations about gender that might not otherwise occur.
That such a large corporation would embrace such progressiveness is significant, especially considering how wide Facebook’s user base is. We should be proud that we here at ForceChange had to part to play in making that happen. Sign the petition below to express gratitude to Facebook for going the extra mile to support the non-cis community.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
I am writing you today regarding an update Facebook recently went live with that introduced a “fill-in-the-blank” gender option to users. I wanted to take the time to express my gratitude to you and your website for being so inclusive and supportive of the non-cis community.
As I’m sure you are aware, non-cis people have been fighting for years for respect, recognition, and inclusion in a society dominated by a rigid gender dichotomy. Indeed, your website for years enforced that cisnormativity by giving users only two options for gender: male and female. Your introduction last year of dozens of other gender options was a huge step forward, but this most recent update is even more fortunate.
That a website as large as yours, with as much cultural capital as yours, would give members of that community the tools they need to express themselves in the way they see fit to their friends and family is not insignificant. It not only helps Facebook users on an individual level, it also helps legitimize trans and nonbinary people in mainstream culture.
If all major corporations were as open to non-cis genders as yours seems to be, we would all be much better off. I thank you for your support and for helping legitimize this community in mainstream culture.
[Your Name Here]
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