You don’t seem to have a perfect grasp of English, this can mean male or female, we make no difference.
The friend in english dosen´t specifify gender. I wrote Die Freund, which is correct.
No. Der = masculine. Die = feminine or plural. Freund = masculine. Freundin = feminine. Freunden = Friends. So, it's Der Freund (masc) or Die Freundin (fem). If it asks "The friend" either will work, but combining the feminine article with the masculine noun doesn't make sense. :)