Users can now choose from a range of gender identities and pronouns
Dating app Grindr has revealed new features available for transgender and gender non-confirming users.
Launched in 2008 and originally aimed at gay men, the app has now expanded in a bid to cover all gender identities and pronouns. Terms such as ‘trans man’, ‘cis man’, ‘non-binary’, ‘non-conforming’ and ‘queer’ are now available to users of the latest version, as Huffington Post reports.
Users can also add the updated pronouns to their profile pages – with ‘He/Him/His’ ‘She/Her/Hers’ and ‘They/Them/Theirs’ now included as options. If the desired option isn’t already included as standard, Grindr now allows users to write in their own gender identity.
Along with the update, a ‘Gender Identity’ section of the app’s Help Centre has been added, advising users how to sensitively approach gender issues.
FAQs such as ’How can I respectfully ask a trans person what they like sexually?’, ‘Is it ok to ask a trans person about surgeries?’ and ‘Is it offensive to tell a trans person they don’t look trans?’ have all been added to the site.
In a video uploaded to Grindr’s Twitter page, a group of trans and non gender-conforming users discussed their experiences in using the app. Check out the clip below.
Peter Sloterdyk, Vice President of Marketing at Grindr, told Huffington Post that the update is part of their “overall goal to recognise the depth and diversity of our user base.”
“Grindr takes our role as global leaders very seriously and strives to make every user feel welcome, safe and understood,” he said. “We have a daily responsibility to grow with and learn from our users, including everyone in our growing and evolving LGBTQ community.”
Director of Grindr for Equality Jack Harrison-Quintana added: “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.
“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.”
November marks Trans Awareness Month.