"The users who were harassing probably won't be there because we would have banned them", he added. When users create their profiles, they can tap into the "I Am" tab and select "More" to find a word that most accurately describes their gender identity. The result is an additional 37 gender options, including Transgender Female, Transsexual Male, Agender, Genderqueer and the option to write in your own term.
"I think they should have 'man, ' 'woman, ' and 'nonbinary", Leanna adds.
"Gender is a complex conversation-it's an ongoing dialogue", Rad stated, referencing Tinder's progress on the matter. So 1966? Now, with transgender Americans standing up for themselves like never before, Tinder felt it necessary to give them, and anyone else, more options for how they want to be identified.
Tinder users can choose whatever gender identity they want, but have to choose to show up in searches either for men or women. This offers them an opportunity, as well as people who haven't considered dating a trans person before. "That is going to end".
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"Dating is one of the major frontiers in our movement, and one of the issues I focus on", she said. "That's a positive for everyone". The update was developed by Tinder in cooperation with the LGBT advocacy group GLAAD, and was timed to coincide with Transgender Awareness Week.
This update is a response to complaints from the trans-gender community that their profiles are often blocked or removed due to misconceptions and misunderstandings. "It's up to everybody".
"It's not only good for the Tinder community, but it's the right thing to do for the world". "For many trans people, opening up to a new romantic prospect about being trans can be a really nerve-wracking experience", said James in a release.
Tinder has already dipped it's toes into politics with its' Swipe The Vote campaign and is increasingly looking like a platform that encourages change and activism amongst it's community. "It's the right first step". Adams went on to make a point we all need to do a better job of understanding: "Transgender people are part of the fabric of our American culture".