Swipe right for equality – Tinder announces plan for trans inclusivity

Tinder CEO Sean Rad via Flickr

Tinder CEO Sean Rad has announced plans to make the dating app inclusive for trans and gender nonconforming users.

While he didn’t go into specifics on how the popular app would do this, he did say that the feature would help users “be who they are” and more accurately search for potential partners using filters.

The new update is expected within the next couple of months, and will address issues caused by current options which only allow users to identify themselves – and who they’re interested in dating – as male or female.

Speaking at the Recode Code Conference on Thursday 2 June, Sean said: “No matter who you are, no matter what you’re looking for, you should get quality matches through the Tinder experience.

“For a long time we haven’t done enough to give them [trans and gender nonconforming users] a good experience. It’s harder for them to get what they are looking for. We have to modify our experience to address that.

“It’s not only good for the Tinder community, but it’s the right thing to do for the world.”

The company announced it will be working with pro-LGBT activists and organisations, including GLAAD, to ensure that the needs of trans and gender nonconforming users are met.

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