In 2014, Facebook started letting users choose from more than 50 different terms for describing their identity.
Tinder engineers adjusted the field where a user enters a chosen gender identity to leave it completely open, giving users the freedom to enter whatever term they’re most comfortable with, rather than having a restrictive drop-down of options.
Tinder co-founder and CEO Sean Rad told CBS News that several of the company’s own employees shed light on the problem of in-app harassment against transgender users that many others in the company at large weren’t aware of.
For example, not only did transgender users say they received inappropriate messages, but they were also being “reported” to the app unfairly by other users.
The dating app Tinder is making moves to be more inclusive to the transgender community.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles-based company announced that it’s updating its app to allow users to add more information about their gender identity.
A little later on in my transition, once I began presenting as male, I set up profiles on two mainstream dating sites, one listing myself as male without stating that I was trans, and the other listing my trans status. A few months after posting my profiles to both sites, I received a message on the site where I hadn’t disclosed that I was trans.
In my case (and perhaps for many trans folks), going online for potential romance felt like a safe first step in cultivating my new, authentic self—in being able to reach out to others as the man that I was and am.“This update shows to me that Tinder is able to see around the corner and plan for the future — the next generation will have a much more expansive understanding of gender than we do today.”These new gender options are now available to users in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.About seven months ago, Tinder started reevaluating how it could make its app more inclusive.In the past, the app only allowed users to select “man” or “woman” when listing their genders on their profiles; now, it allows people to move beyond that binary choice.The app also gives users the option of displaying their gender on their profile.