The dating giant has just released the findings of its latest research, which looks at the changing attitudes & dating behaviours of LGBTQ singles, as well as some of the challenges faced by the community.
For the study, surveyed more than 1,000 US LGBTQ singles aged 18 to 70 and above, asking them to share their feelings on areas such as modern dating habits, marriage and coming out.
Hinge, another popular dating app, also only offers “woman” and “man” as gender options.
I’ve reached out to both Tinder and Hinge about safeguards for trans people using their apps and why they don’t offer other ways for people to express their genders.
Yes, there are apps for gay men, like Grindr and Scruff, and one for queer women called Her. Enter Thurst, a dating app for queer, trans and gender non-conforming people.
“Thurst pretty much came out of a frustrated conversation with friends, joking about how horrible OKCupid was, for queer folks in general but especially for women and trans folks,” Thurst Co-Founder Morgen Bromell told me.
This includes instances when transgender users are reported by others, but haven’t violated any of our community standards.” Still, Tinder only offers two options for gender identification: male and female. But Tinder isn’t the only mainstream dating app that’s guilty of excluding trans people.”Ok Cupid already asks every user this question the moment that they sign up.You don’t need to follow up with your love interest to make sure that they answered it correctly.Transgender people, especially transgender women, regularly receive abusive messages if they choose to disclose their transness on their profile.The transphobia on the service is so rampant, in fact, that Ok Cupid feels the need to warn people (in the bottom of Privacy Controls) that they should not try to delete transgender people from the service by reporting their profiles.