This relates to the previous post Microsoft Says Transgender Is OK. This would be a "no brainer" for Face Book. Face Book could actually provide some much needed statistics on Transgender, Bisexual, Gay and Intersex people.
Yet, they resist doing the right thing with comments like Naomi Gleit's quote below suggesting Transgender people to remove their gender entirely from their Face Book profiles. She doesn't have a clue. Does she? She is suggesting Transgender people remove from their identity the most important possession we have - our gender identity.
Yep, that's the ticket Ms Gleit. Trying to make Transgender and gender non-conforming people invisible is the wrong answer. Transgender people are not invisible. We will not go away.
Face Book owners should reevaluate this position. As with Microsoft, if they say they are all inclusive, they should reflect that in their product.
Transgender call for Facebook
Alex Dickinson From: The Courier-Mail March 05, 2010 11:00PM
QUEENSLAND'S gay and lesbian community has demanded Facebook widen its profile options to include transgenders.
Simply clicking male or female when signing up to the social networking website is too limiting, interest groups say.
"They should definitely do it and they'd be quite surprised by how many people there are in the community who are transgender that do use Facebook," said Shelley Argent, spokeswoman for Brisbane's Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Association.
Dr Angela Dwyer, from the Queensland University of Technology law faculty, said Facebook needed to accommodate the wide range of young people who use the website.
"Gay, bisexual, same-sex attracted and then with gender there's transsexual, transgender - they're all words with which people identify themselves."
Facebook product manager Naomi Gleit said people could "remove gender entirely from your account, including how we refer to you in Mini-Feed".
Friday, March 5, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 3/05/2010 04:08:00 PM