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On Thursday, members of the LGBTQ community learned that they are finally able to classify their gender on the social media giant, Facebook. Instead of just male and female, the site added 51 different genders people can use – anything from “agender” to “transgender woman.”

“This little tool on Facebook, this little change, is a huge step forward for us in the fight for acceptance,” said Constance Brooks of the Time Out Youth Organization.

To view the different gender options, you log into Facebook, go to “About me” settings. Then you click “Gender” and “custom” to see all of your choices.

“I’m sure there are hundreds of gender labels and an endless spectrum of ways you can be gendered,” said Scout Rosen.

But not everyone around Charlotte is as excited about the change as much as the LGBTQ community.

“It’s a little awkward,” said one man in Uptown.

“I kind of like the idea of two gender options,” said another.

For many people, they won’t even notice the difference on the site. But for those who are fighting for this, it means much more than a simple website change.

“People have had to pay attention to trans-issues and have had to pay attention to trans-people and our needs,” said Rosen.

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