Grindr Update Adds ‘More Inclusive’ Features for ‘Non-Binary’, Trans People

Transgender, intergender, LGBT -- the vocabulary of gender identity is evolving as the old dividing line between the sexes is increasingly being called into question
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CHARLIE NASH

An update for popular gay dating app Grindr adds new features that aim to be “more inclusive” for non-binary and transgender users.

According to Tech Crunch, “Grindr’s new identity section lets users fill out their own gender identity or pick from a list that includes ‘trans man,’ ‘woman,’ ‘cis man,’ ‘non-binary,’ ‘non-conforming’ and ‘queer.’ Users can also select or write in what pronouns they prefer to use.”

The pronouns include They/Them/Theirs for users who do not associate with gender, or you can turn off pronouns altogether.

“As the largest global queer social network, Grindr has always had trans men, trans women, and non-binary users on the app. We are proud to release these updates to our core functionality to firmly establish that we are committed to making Grindr a welcome and safe space for all trans people,” declared Grindr’s Vice President of Marketing, Peter Sloterdyk. “To ensure we heard from a range of trans people, we polled trans users and consulted transgender community leaders to guide our thinking.”

In a statement, Jack Harrison-Quintana, director for equality, also added that, “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,” he explained.

Grindr’s new “written resources” include an FAQ page, which includes questions such as, “What does it mean to be non-binary?” and “Can a trans person be gay?”

Charlie Nash covers technology and LGBT news for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington and Gab @Nash, or like his page at Facebook.

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