Tinder is making a big change.
Previously the dating and hookup app offered just two options when swiping left or right—man or woman. But now, there is a space where users can fill in any gender they identify with.
Tinder worked with LGBT advocacy group GLAAD to expand their gender options and list gender options on the app, such as “trans man,” “trans woman” or “transgender.” If none of those labels fit, a user can type in a customized label to describe themselves.
The extra gender options are also now available in the U.K. and Canada.
“The tone of the elections forced us to look at what we are doing to help define what is acceptable for our community,” Tinder founder and CEO Sean Rad told CNNMoney. “We are a business, but we are in the business of making sure everyone can meet someone special," Rad said. "Letting our users be who they are is the right thing. If anyone has a problem with that, then they are welcome to not use Tinder.”
GLAAD’s transgender media program director, Nick Adams, stressed that listing gender isn’t required—it’s only an option.
“Some trans people will only want to go on a date with someone who knows they are trans,” he said. “But trans people have different strategies for dating and some would prefer to go on a date first and then disclose.”
Users can now also select what genders can search for them. A transgender female wants to show up to female users only, other transgenders, or whoever the person chooses, depending on their sexuality.
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