Instagram Lets Users Pick Preferred Gender Pronouns

Instagram on Wednesday began letting English-language users enhance profiles to show new gender pronouns

they want to apply in conversation.

The photo-centric social network became the latest internet service to broaden beyond basic “he” or “she”

references to pronouns preferred by those with alternate gender identities.

“Add pronouns to your profile,” they said in a tweet.

“The new field is available also in few countries, with plans for more.”

However, Instagram users can opt to have pronoun choices shown publicly, or just to friends at the service, according to a

demonstration of the option by AFP in the United States.

Pronoun options included “them” and “theirs” along with nonbinary “co,” “ze” and others shared at a resource

center page at the University of California, Davis, website.

“We are also giving people more tools to express themselves on this platforom,” the Facebook-owned service said in

response to an AFP inquiry.

“Our community is comfortable with sharing pronouns, and with this feature we hope to normalize the adoption further.”

Instagram also added that it consulted with advocacy groups on pronoun options.

However, the addition to Instagram profiles was rolled out globally in English, with work being done to expand to other

languages, according to Instagram.

By Cynthia N.

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