Tinder has announced updates to its app today that will hopefully make it more user-friendly for the trans community.
The revisions allow users to select a variety of terms that best represent their gender identity. Previously, members could only choose “male” or “female”—and some transgender Tinder users were reported simply for being trans.
The company admitted that “for users who identified as transgender, or somewhere between or outside the gender binary, that limitation posed an obvious challenge.” So CEO Sean Rad enlisted GLAAD and a team of trans advocates to make sure the new version was inclusive and respectful.
Activist and film producer Andrea James, who consulted on the project, says she’s particularly glad Tinder’s #AllTypesAllSwipes campaign is welcoming back trans users who may have left the app after being reported or harassed.
“That’s an important message to send,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “Acknowledging the issue and reaffirming that Tinder has always welcomed trans and gender non-conforming users.”
James admits that, “opening up to a new romantic prospect about being trans can be a really nerve-wracking experience—I know this update will help trans and gender-nonconforming users feel more comfortable while forging relationships.”