Grindr, the popular app for gay men to date and hook up, is unveiling their latest addition. Now users who identify as trans and gender non-conforoming will be able to add it to their profiles.
The dating and social networking app has been criticized previously for not having gender identity option for their users. Previously, the app focused on cis gender gay men. Now, with the latest options, users can pick from a list such as “trans man,” “woman,” “cis man,” “non-binary,” and “queer.”
With this latest change, the app will provide new fields for gender identity, preferred pronouns, and will begin to use gender-neutral language on its app and website. Furthermore, the app has added a Gender Identify Help Center for their users. This site will help visitors understand how to be respectful to trans identifying people.
Director of Grindr for Equality, Jack Harrison-Quintana said that the FAQ was written based on feedback from users. Questions that were repeatedly asked about their gender identity were put into the FAQ to provide the users assistance.
“One thing we heard over and over again from trans people using Grindr was that they felt unwelcome as other users would often only want to ask them about what it means to be trans or approached without knowing how to speak respectfully about trans issues,” said Harrison-Quintana in his statement. “That’s why we created written resources linked from the gender identity fields in the profile to answer users’ questions and decrease that burden on trans people.”
Over the last year, Tinder- another dating and social networking app- had implemented transgender options for its users. This along with the release of Thrust –a dating app for queer, trans and GNC people- back in 2015 and OKCupid adding gender and sexual orientation options in 2014 meant that Grindr was far behind in making an update.
While this is not the first time the app has tried to be inclusive, it is the biggest update. Before this, users could use “Trans” to describe themselves under the app’s “Tribes” feature. Pronouns or gender identity however, could not be changed as part of the user’s main profile. The company has explained the reason their update took long was because they wanted to make sure the update was right for their trans members.
“As the largest global queer social network, Grindr has always had trans men, trans women, and non-binary users on the app,” said Peter Sloterdyk, VP of Marketing. “We are proud to release these updates to our core functionality to firmly establish that we are committed to making Grindr a welcome and safe space for trans people.”