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Facing Diversity Problems, Facebook Includes LGBTs for First Time in Company Employee Survey

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The voluntary survey found that 7 percent of the major social network’s employees self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, or asexual.

Social network Facebook released an annual survey of diversity among the company's workers that included data on LGBTs for the first time.

According to the survey, 7 percent of Facebook's employees identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, or asexual.

"We are proud to support the LGBTQ community through our policies, products and extensive benefits from our employees," a statement on the survey results said.

Despite including LGBTs in the survey, the company didn't escape criticism from the results, which showed tepid growth in racial and gender diversity. White men still dominate in the executive and tech areas of the company. Only 4 percent of employees identify as Hispanic, and only 2 percent identify as black. Seventy-three percent of leadership positions are held by men against 27 percent for women.

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