tinder is finally responding to criticism from non-gender conforming users

Queer, trans, or gender fluid individuals will soon have more self-identifying options beyond male and female.

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Jun 6 2016, 3:55am

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Tinder's premise is pretty simple: get a bunch of guys and a bunch of girls, put them together online and let split second decisions decide who gets matched up. It's been a wild success, especially in Australia. There's just one problem: not everyone identifies as a guy or girl. For queer, trans, or gender fluid users it puts them in a pretty awkward position where they're forced to bow to the app's two available labels. The restrictive settings have draw a deal of online criticism. Last year many trans users reported that the app even went so far as banning them.

Luckily, the app is moving to correct all that. Over the next month Tinder will introduce new gender-inclusive settings. Users will not only be given more self-identifying options, but will also be handed more choice to define what they're looking for in a partner. Speaking at the Code Conference, Tinder CEO Sean Rad talked about the experiences of non cis users: "For a long time we haven't done enough to give them a good experience. It's harder for them to get what they are looking for. We have to modify our experience to address that. It's not only good for the Tinder community, but it's the right thing to do for the world."

Tinder's plans come shortly after it was announced that The Sims would also be including a gender customisation option. Previously Facebook drew similar criticism and responded by adding additional gender options and relaxing restrictions around people choosing to use names that are different to those on their birth certificate. It looks like the digital world is finally catching up to people's real life experiences of gender. 

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