Online dating just became a lot more specific with the recent update from matchmaking app Tinder. Previously, users could only choose from two genders, male and female, the new update now allows users to choose from up to 37 genders, with the added option of being able to add your own personal preferred gender if the option is not available. Some of the added options include gender fluid, androgynous, pangender, non-binary, gender questioning, transgender and transsexual.
“We haven’t had the right tools to serve our diverse community in the past, but that changes today,” Tinder revealed in a blog post when discussing the update. This decision by Tinder was purely based on the notion of inclusivity in order to broaden its community of users, more specifically, those who identify as transgender. It had been reported that trans users suffered online abuse while using the app and have even been reported to Tinder administrators for being transgender.
“‘Locker room talk’ is not acceptable on or off Tinder. Harassment of any type, toward transgender users or otherwise, will not be tolerated. And we will be rolling out more features to address this,” CEO Sean Rad explained in a recent interview The Observer.
“In addition to this new feature, we are learning to be a better ally to transgender and gender nonconforming communities by allocating additional resources to our support team, which includes educating our staff about the challenges facing these communities,” the company added. Tinder have even released a short Youtube video, documenting the new change for the app, which you can watch for yourself below.