Instagram is making its gender selection options more inclusive
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Instagram is making its gender selection options more inclusive

Michael Grothaus

Instagram has announced that it is revamping its gender selection options for public profiles. The gender selection is what allows a person to state the gender they identify as in their profile–for example, male or female. But currently the app only allows for those two options plus a third that says “not specified.”

This will change in an upcoming update. Soon, Instagram users will be able to select a custom gender option including trans and gender nonconforming. Instagram says the move is so the app can be “more inclusive and reflective of how people self-identify today.”

Instagram users can expect to see the new gender options rolling out this week in time for Pride 2019. The company is also supporting the LGBTQ+ community by releasing a guide to online well-being and self-care aimed at LGBTQ+ teens, which spotlights the tools that can keep them safe and supported on the platform.