Let’s be honest, most of us have used Tinder a time or two in the past or might even be using it currently. The swiping app, which allows for a slightly less intimidating approach to modern dating (yet an arguably more shallow one), has recently been the subject of criticism for not providing an all gender-inclusive platform.
That was, until today when the company announced an update which allows users to fill in any term to describe their identity.
Tinder Users Can Now Fill In Any Term They Choose To Identify Their Gender.
According to the official Tinder blog, the process of altering your profile is quick and simple.
To edit or add more information about your gender on Tinder, simply edit your profile. When you tap “I Am” and select “More” you can type a word that describes your gender identity. You can also select to be shown in searches which best reflect your identity. All users have the option to display their gender on their profile, as well.
Tinder has continued to work tirelessly with the LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD to reassess its policies particularly following the recent election.
“The tone of the elections forced us to look at what we are doing to help define what is acceptable for our community,” cofounder and CEO Sean Rad told CNNMoney.
GLAAD has helped Tinder to reach nearly 40 auto-fill gender options such as “trans man,” “trans woman” or “transgender” and if none of those labels fit, a user can type in a customized label to display on their profile.
Nick Adams, GLAAD’s transgender media program director who worked closely on the project also wants to make it clear that choosing a gender is not a requirement. Users have to option to not identify at all.
“Some trans people will only want to go on a date with someone who knows they are trans,” Adams told CNN. “But trans people have different strategies for dating and some would prefer to go on a date first and then disclose.”
According to Tinder, users can now also select who has the ability to search for them. For example, a transgender male can choose to show up in Tinder’s network to male users or female users, depending on their sexuality.
When asked if he is concerned about losing users who may be uncomfortable with these changes, CEO Sean Rad gave the best possible response.
“We are a business, but we are in the business of making sure everyone can meet someone special,” Rad said. “Letting our users be who they are is the right thing. If anyone has a problem with that, then they are welcome to not use Tinder.”
Check out their full promotional video for the update #AllTypesAllSwipes below: