Grindr unveiled new options for transgender and gender-nonconforming users this week, enabling users to select their gender identity from options including “trans man,” “woman,” “cis man,” “non-binary,” “non-conforming” and “queer,” among others. You can also select preferred pronouns. (“he/him,” “she/hers,” “they/them,” etc.)
The Grindr site also offers a Help Center, with information on different terms and identities.
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The updates broaden the audience for the app, which was aimed predominantly at gay and bi men when it launched in 2009.
“The new features are not intended to enable users to filter individuals by gender identity or pronouns,” a spokesperson from Grindr tells NewNowNext.
Instead, Grindr hopes these updates will create a more inclusive atmosphere.
“We’re celebrating Trans Awareness Month with new, more inclusive features to help trans and gender-nonconforming people connect better,” a spokesperson wrote on Facebook.
Grindr has become more socially minded in recent years, with alerts about HIV testing, PrEP, marriage equality and international LGBT issues and crises. In March, Grindr launched Into, an online LGBT news and pop culture site.
Last month, the app sent Arab-language warnings to users in Egypt after authorities began arresting dozens of gay men.
“We always send out messages like this to users who are in places where there is an elevated level of risk,” said Grindr’s Jack Harrison-Quintana. “It will make people take more precautions.”