These have been a long time coming
Grindr introduces new features for trans users. | Photo: Twitter/Grindr
Plenty of people have a love-hate relationship with dating apps. But Grindr just took some important steps forward to make its app more inclusive and welcoming.
On Tuesday (21 November), for Trans Awareness Month, the company introduced new features ‘to help trans and non gender conforming connect better’.
— Grindr (@Grindr) November 21, 2017
The updated features include gender identity and pronoun fields on users’ profiles.
For the gender identity, users can now pick from terms like ‘trans man’, ‘trans woman’, ‘cis’, ‘non-binary’, ‘non-conforming’, and ‘queer’. If their identity doesn’t appear on the list, they can write in their own.
With pronouns, they can choose ‘he/him/his’, ‘she/her/hers’, or ‘they/them/theirs’.
Plus, the company now offers a Gender Identity Help Center. This allows people to learn about gender identity and different terminology to more respectfully communicate with trans people.
The video above explores what it’s like to be trans on the app and why these new features are good.
Decreasing the burden on trans people
‘One thing we heard over and over again from trans people using Grindr was that they felt unwelcome,’ said Jack Harrison-Quintana, director of Grindr for Equality, in a statement.
‘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.’
These updates, he further explained, decreases the burden on trans people by offering written resources to answer users’ questions.