Unlike our country, Tinder is becoming a lot more inclusive. Launching today, the app introduced a new update that’s both transgender and gender non-conforming friendly. While before, users could only choose from male or female options, they can now add in any term that best describes their gender identity.
“Our goal is to provide a product that gives our transgender and gender non-conforming users a better experience on Tinder,” Tinder CEO, Sean Rad, said in a statement. “We’re really excited about the update and believe it is the right step to take as a company to create more meaningful connections between all of our users. Everyone is welcome on Tinder.”
The update coincides with Transgender Awareness Week (happening from November 14 to 20), and also comes at a particularly dismal time in the country for marginalized groups. A Tinder spokesperson told Dazed that the addition was unrelated but timely. “With the amount of division around the world right now, we believe we have a responsibility as a global platform to send a clear message about the importance of inclusivity, acceptance, and equality,” they told the site.
“Love trumps hate,” is the hopeful message that’s emerged since the election. Now, those who identify outside of the gender binary have the ability to find their own kind of love—or, you know, just like—through the app.
Tinder also worked with Transparent producer Zackary Drucker, actress Trace Lysette, writer Lady J, and others on the expansion. Watch what they had to say about the update and listen to their experiences dating below.