Tinder Becomes Trans Friendly With New Update

Love it or hate it, Tinder is probably here to stay, at least for a while, and now the dating app has become transgender inclusive with it’s latest update.

Previously to this update, there were only two options for users – male or female. Now there are more than 30 options available  after some had complained they had their accounts suspended due to complaints from other users. You can also decide not to disclose your gender at all, if you so wish.

Tinder co-fonder and CEO Sean Rad spoke to Newsbeat, saying: “Our goal is to provide a product that gives our transgender and gender non-conforming users a better experience on Tinder. Gender is a complex topic and Tinder is a very simple platform. We wanted to make sure we provide tools that help the trans community but also keep Tinder simple for everyone, including the trans community.”

He also said to Mashable: “We can help you match with people that acknowledge that you’re transgender and want to meet you versus people who end up harassing you as a result.”

On the topic of harassment, Sean did say that they will be taking a more aggressive approach when it comes to preventing anti-trans bullying on the app. If a user reports another user for their gender, it won’t be the reported user who feels the brunt of Tinder’s wrath.

“At the end of the day, as a trans user, what you would experience is higher quality matches. The users who were harassing probably won’t be there because we would have banned them. We have completely changed the moderation tools and how they handle reporting.”

This inclusivity update has been welcomed by the LGBT community and it’s activists, including  Director of GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program Nick Adams. He was right on the money when he said that Tinder is sending a “strong message of acceptance” with this update.

He continued: “It sends a strong message of acceptance when a platform like Tinder clearly tells its users that transgender people are welcome. Trans people who use Tinder are, like all other users, looking to form relationships and find the right match.”

“Tinder’s update allows trans users to be themselves on the platform, and makes it clear that Tinder is committed to inclusion. This update reflects a growing awareness that trans people are part of the fabric of everyday life, which in turn, accelerates acceptance for transgender and gender non-conforming people.”

You can find the full list of gender options now available below. Have you followed us on Facebook and Twitter?

Agender
Androgyne
Androgynous
Bigender
Female to Male
FTM
Gender Fluid
Gender Nonconforming
Gender Questioning
Gender Variant
Genderqueer
Male to Female
MTF
Neither
Neutrois
Non-binary
Other
Pangender
Trans
Trans Man
Trans Person
Trans Woman
Transfeminine
Transgender
Transgender Female
Transgender Male
Transgender Man
Transgender Person
Transgender Woman
Transmasculine
Transsexual
Transsexual Female
Transsexual Male
Transsexual Man
Transsexual Person
Transsexual Woman
Two-Spirit

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Tinder Becomes Trans Friendly With New Update
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Tinder has become more trans friendly with a huge new update to their gender options.