Tinder gets transgender friendly with a massive update

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Tinder gets transgender friendly with a massive update

Tinder has been criticized for not accepting trans people on the dating app, but now it's making a big change. Tinder announced on November 15, 2016, that it would allow gender options beyond "man" and "woman" for the first time.

Beginning Tuesday, the dating app will allow users to identify as genders other than male or female on their profile and choose whether they want their gender displayed on their profile. "In addition to this new feature, we are learning to be a better ally to transgender and gender non-conforming communities by allocating additional resources to our support team, which includes educating our staff about the challenges facing these communities".

The update, which lands during Transgender Awareness Week, was designed with transgender and non-binary users in mind, according to Tinder CEO Sean Rad.

The inclusion of more gender options and fluid categories represents just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in terms of Tinder's efforts to become "a better ally to transgender and gender non-conforming communities".

Rad had previously discussed the company's plans to make the dating app more inclusive to the trans community.

THR caught up with Zackary Drucker, co-producer on Transparent, who called Tinder's decision to update the app "the right thing" and something that is "tremendously validating". The company says the update will make it easier for transgender people to make connections within the app.

From its launch back in 2012 up until today, the app only offered users two options when selecting their gender: man or woman.

"I'm glad that they were honest in their communication and they admitted that their app falsely blocked us based on the reporting of our profiles by cis-gendered people, and I'm especially glad they recognized the reporting of our profiles as harassment", Wintour said.

"Trans people are a part of the world and we are among you". Now, Rad says, trans users should see better matches. Some were harassed due to their gender, while others were reported to the company just because of who they are. Some people are aggressively transphobic and it can be unsafe to not let someone know before meeting or getting intimate with them, Wintour said.

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