• Tinder CEO Sean Rad speaks at Fast Company Creativity Counter-Conference 2016 (via Vivien Killilea / Getty Images) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The CEO acknowledged that the app has failed to provide trans and gender non-conforming users with the same quality of experience as the app's cisgender users.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

6 Jun 2016 - 1:17 PM  UPDATED 6 Jun 2016 - 1:11 PM

Sean Rad, the CEO of dating app Tinder, revealed on June 2 that the app would be focusing on becoming more inclusive of transgender and gender non-conforming communities in new updates to come.

At the Reason Code Conference in L.A., Rad said that he wanted to ensure that the "tens of millions of users around the world" would have the same quality of experience while using the app, stressing that  "no matter who you are, no matter what you’re looking for, you should get quality matches through the Tinder experience".

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Addressing past criticisms that the app has a problem with transphobia, Rad acknowledged: "There’s an important transgender (and gender non-conforming) community on Tinder who haven’t had that experience… yet."

"We haven’t delivered for them," he continued, "so we’re working with LGBTQ advisors, including transgender activist Andrea James and GLAAD, to help us address this important demographic."

"This is not only the right thing to do for our users, it’s the right thing to do, period," he finished.

GLAAD confirmed that they are working with Tinder, but so far no further details on the upcoming updates have been released.

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