After promising in June to improve the Tinder experience for its trans and gender non-conforming users, the app has come through in a big way today, updating the app's gender options.
Where users had to select "male" or "female" before, the new update allows people to select from a range of new gender identities, including trans, trans man, trans woman and transgender, or to not select a gender at all.
Previously, trans Tinder users were reporting being kicked off the app because of their gender. A statement on Tinder's website addressed this, saying that "no one will ever be banned from Tinder because of their gender."
Acknowledging that the app hasn't been "perfect in the past," the statement invited users who had been wrongfully banned in the past, saying that they didn't have "the right tools to serve our diverse community in the past," adding: "that changes today."
“Our goal is to provide a product that gives our transgender and gender non-conforming users a better experience on Tinder,” said Tinder CEO Sean Rad. “We’re really excited about the update and believe it is the right step to take as a company to create more meaningful connections between all our users. Everyone is welcome on Tinder.”
Speaking to Mashable, Rad said that the app "can help you match with people that acknowledge that you’re transgender and want to meet you versus people who end up harassing you as a result,” adding that the company was planning to be "far more aggressive" when it came to users who were harassing others in the future.
And the new update comes with a four-minute video, introducing the app's new features and its #AllSwipesAllTypes campaign. Watch it below: