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Tinder: Transgender Options Now Available on Dating App

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Dating app Tinder has announced it will allow gender options beyond "man" and "woman" for the first time. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 04:59 PM

Starting Tuesday, transgender and gender-nonconforming Tinder users in the United States will be able to select any term they want to describe their gender identity, rather than just male or female.

The changes to the popular app used for dating and meeting people mark the first time a dating app has welcomed and accommodated the trans and gender-nonconforming community in a formal way.

Before the update, users had to choose man or woman when making a profile on the site, but now more than 40 options can be autofilled, or a customized option can be filled in by the user, CNNMoney reported.

The update was developed with help from GLAAD executives Nick Adams and Alex Schmider and trans advocate Andrea James, and under the direction of outgoing Tinder CEO Sean Rad.

Creative forces behind the Amazon show “Transparent” helped get the word out about the changes as well, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Tinder has always sought to include everyone on its site, but some transgender and nonconforming members were unintentionally kicked off the site when other users reported them as “spammers” because they didn’t want them on the site. Those users have been invited to return with these changes, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Rad said that the elections and the controversy surrounding them contributed to the changes and their timing. “The tone of the elections forced us to look at what we are doing to help define what is acceptable for our community,” Rad told CNNMoney.

The expanded gender options will be available to Tinder users in the U.K. and Canada on Tuesday also, CNNMoney reported.

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Starting Tuesday, transgender and gender-nonconforming Tinder users in the United States will be able to select any term they want to describe their gender identity, rather than just male or female.
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