Online dating app Tinder adds 35 more gender options

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With more than 100 million downloads, the world’s most popular online dating app is well versed with changing up the dating game. Its latest change? Introducing trans-inclusive gender options.

Launched just over four years ago, Tinder’s rise in popularity has been extraordinary. The app operates in 196 countries, and each day boasts 1.4 billion swipes and 26 million matches, with more than 10 billion matches since its release. However, it has received criticism in the past for not offering different gender options, for people who do not identify as being male or female.

Now, Tinder has taken steps to resolve this problem, adding in more than 35 suggested gender options with its latest update. Users will now be able to select whichever term they identify with, whether that be transgender, trans woman, trans man, gender fluid or other. Furthermore, if users fail to find one they identify with, they can type in the term they would define themselves as being.

Users do not have to show their gender if they do not want to, with Tinder providing an option for it to be private. The app does still require users to select whether they are looking for men, women or both, however, in order for its algorithms to continue working properly and produce results.

In a statement, Sean Rad, CEO, said: “Our goal is to provide a product that gives our transgender and gender non-conforming users a better experience on Tinder.”

The update comes during National Transgender Awareness week in the US, with GLAAD – a prominent LGBT media organisation – praising the changes being introduced.

Nick Adams, director of the organisation’s Transgender Media Programme, said: “It sends a strong message of acceptance when a platform like Tinder clearly tells its users that transgender people are welcome. This update reflects a growing awareness that trans people are part of the fabric of everyday life, which in turn, accelerates acceptance for transgender and gender non-conforming people.”

The whole list of auto-fill gender options available to Tinder users is:

  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • Androgynous
  • Bigender
  • Female to Male
  • FTM
  • Gender Fluid
  • Gender Nonconforming
  • Gender Questioning
  • Gender Variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Male to Female
  • MTF
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
  • Non-binary
  • Other
  • Pangender
  • Trans
  • Trans Man
  • Trans Person
  • Trans Woman
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transgender Female
  • Transgender Male
  • Transgender Man
  • Transgender Person
  • Transgender Woman
  • Transmasculine
  • Transsexual
  • Transsexual Female
  • Transsexual Male
  • Transsexual Man
  • Transsexual Person
  • Transsexual Woman
  • Two-Spirit
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