Tinder has finally done what it should’ve done a long time ago. Until now, trans and gender-nonconforming Tinder users would be banned from the app just because of how they identified themselves. But just as our society’s slowly becoming more inclusive towards people who don’t identify as men or women, everybody’s favourite dating app has decided to be inclusive to all genders.
Now, users can tailor their displayed gender to fit their needs instead of being forced to make a choice between “man” or “woman.” Transgender people, for instance, can choose “Trans Man” or “Trans Woman.” This may sound like a small change to the app, but it’ll help so many people feel more comfortable using it.
“It’s great that Tinder is now a more inclusive experience for new and existing users, but I’m especially glad that Tinder is inviting back trans and gender-nonconforming users who are no longer on Tinder because they had been falsely reported,” said trans advocate Andrea James. “Some users would misuse Tinder’s reporting options to claim trans people were spammers, and Tinder’s reporting system could not clearly differentiate between actual violations and users who just didn’t like trans people and were making false reports against us. That’s an important message to send, acknowledging the issue and reaffirming that Tinder has always welcomed trans and gender-nonconforming users.”
And picking “trans” as a user’s gender isn’t the only option. The new update will let users pick any word to classify their identity–that’s a huge step forward for such a skeptical and prejudiced society.
“It’s my firm hope that Tinder’s update offers a step toward healing and trans people finding love and companionship,” stated Zackary Druker, Transparent‘s co-producer. “If [this] can happen in a more frequent way, in a safe/virtual space, I think that would be awesome. Trans is beautiful.”
Looks like the digital dating scene just got a lot more accommodating for people everywhere.