Instagram launches new gender identity options in bid to be more inclusive

Instagram adds new gender identity options to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary users in time for Pride Month

  • Instagram is rolling out more gender options to its app to be more inclusive 
  • Now, users can type in a custom gender identity, such as Non-binary or Queer
  • The tool is being launched in time for Pride Month, which kicked off this month 

By Annie Palmer For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:38 BST, 10 June 2019 | Updated: 17:57 BST, 10 June 2019

Instagram is updating its app to be more gender inclusive. 

Starting this week, the social media giant is adding new gender options to its app, so that users can choose which term they most identify with. 

The feature will be available for both iOS and Android users. 

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Instagram is updating its app to be more gender inclusive. Starting today, the firm is adding new gender options to its app, so that users can choose which term they most identify with

Users can edit their gender selection by tapping the ‘Edit Profile’ button on their account, then selecting ‘Gender.’ 

There, they can choose from  ‘Female,’ ‘Male,’ ‘Prefer Not to Say’ or ‘Custom.’ 

After selecting Custom, they can type in a custom identity, such as ‘Gender Non-conforming,’ ‘Non-binary,’ ‘Queer’ or whatever term they identify with. 

This information will not appear on users’ public-facing Instagram profile. 

Instagram said it chose to expand its gender selection options in order to ‘be more inclusive and reflective of how people self-identify today.’

The move follows in the footsteps of other apps, like Tinder, Grinder and OK Cupid, which have rolled out gender inclusive features, such as letting users choose their preferred pronoun. 

Users can edit their gender selection by tapping ‘Edit Profile’ on their account, then selecting ‘Gender.’ There, they can choose from ‘Female,’ ‘Male,’ ‘Prefer Not to Say’ or ‘Custom’

Now, when users share a hashtag like #lgbtq or #pride2019 to their Stories, the ring around their Stories will turn rainbow. It’s one of several features being rolled out for Pride Month

Instagram is also rolling out a number of other features in time for Pride Month. 

The Facebook-owned platform worked teamed up with GLAAD to identify the ‘most-used and popular’ hashtags in the LGBTQ community, so that it can highlight them throughout the month of June. 

Now, when users type in #lgbtq, #bornperfect, #equalitymatters, #accelerateacceptance or #pride2019, it’ll turn into a rainbow gradient hashtag. 

The rainbow hashtags will appear in captions shared on photos in the feed. 

Additionally, when users share one of those hashtags in a post to their Stories, the ring around their Stories will turn rainbow. 

This feature was previously spotted by frequent tipster and computer science student Jane Manchun Wong.   

Instagram also partnered with the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth, to launch a guide to online well-being and self-care

The guide breaks down how users can be safer on the app, as well as discover hashtags with ‘life-affirming content and communities of support.’   

 

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