Starting today, Tinder users in the US, UK and Canada will have the option to define their own gender. Where previously, users could only choose between male or female, now they can pick transgender, trans man, trans woman, or whatever term they identify with. Additionally, they can opt to appear in male or female searches, and decide to not disclose their gender at all.
Timing the announcement during National Transgender Awareness week, the dating company sought advice from the well-known LGBT media organization GLAAD, who approved of the changes. "It sends a strong message of acceptance when a platform like Tinder clearly tells its users that transgender people are welcome," said Nick Adams, director of GLAAD's Transgender Media Program. "This update reflects a growing awareness that trans people are part of the fabric of everyday life, which in turn, accelerates acceptance for transgender and gender non-conforming people."
Now you can spend less time working around the platform's binary gender definitions and more time getting that perfect profile photo.