Tinder is giving users more options to express themselves in today’s modern dating world.
In honor of Pride month and in collaboration with GLAAD, the dating app is giving users more sexual orientation options on its program. Users are no longer limited to choosing one option on the app. They can now select up to three sexual orientations that they identify with.
Not only did Tinder make this update after talking to GLAAD, but it also listened to user feedback through a recent study conducted for the app. Tinder says the study found that LGBTQ+ respondents wanted more options to express themselves.
“We want all of our users to feel empowered expressing who they are while connecting with new people — and we’re always working to make that easier for our users on Tinder,” said Tinder’s CEO Elie Seidman in a press release. “Dating apps are invaluable platforms for connecting the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re beyond proud to continue our efforts, in partnership with GLAAD, to improve the community’s experience on Tinder.”
This update for more sexual orientations goes along with Tinder’s earlier “More Genders” update from 2016. That update allowed users to fill-in“I Am” and “More” slots to further express their gender identities. Users could also be found in searches for their preferred gender.
At the time, Tinder announced this change by saying:
“We haven’t had the right tools to serve our diverse community in the past, but that changes today. In addition to this new feature, we are learning to be a better ally to transgender and gender non-conforming communities by allocating additional resources to our support team, which includes educating our staff about the challenges facing these communities.”
This is just Tinder’s ongoing attempt to be more inclusive towards its users. Many other dating apps (gay, straight, or mixed) have attempted to do the same. As society, its people, and its understanding of said people change, companies like Tinder and co. will change to accommodate and better serve them.