Swedish Facebook debut for gender neutral ‘hen’
UPDATED: A new gender neutral pronoun sparked headlines in Sweden on Monday when it made its debut on social media as Scandinavia’s biggest gay pride festival kicked off in Stockholm.
English-language users on Facebook are already able to identify themselves in a variety of ways, such as intersex, androgynous, transgender, gender fluid or transsexual.
But Swedish-language members of the social networking site have – until now – only been able to describe themselves as either male or female.
This changed on Monday, when Facebook introduced a spread of new options for their Swedish sites, allowing users to choose between 70 different gender identities such as Swedish expressions ‘transkille’ (‘trans guy’) and ‘ickebinär’ (‘non-binary’).
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