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Gay dating app Grindr just got trans-inclusive updates, and you must hear about it

Grindr has got the memo

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 1 December 2017, 5:56 PM
Grindr just got seriously woke

Grindr just got seriously woke Image: Twitter

Popular queer dating app Grindr — which was primarily used by gay or bisexual men to meet available people — has now massively updated its format to be inclusive of transgender and non-binary people. To mark the occasion of Trasgender Remembrance Day, which falls on November 20, Grindr is getting an updated identity section, which is seriously gender-inclusive.

The app now includes options for various gender pronouns, like "trans man/woman,” “cis man,” “non-binary,” "cross dresser", and even “non-conforming". Users can also write in their gender identity if it’s not on the list. 

One of the very few geolocation-based dating apps, Grindr was found in 2009, and has revolutionaised gay/bi dating. The mobile queer social network claims to have almost six million monthly active users and announced in 2015 that its Indian users have grown by 50%. 

While planning the new updates, Grindr surveyed transgender users and consulted with the advocacy group National Center for Transgender Equality. "Grindr has braced itself for the challenge of the century — to keep up as the premium geo-tagging based dating app for 'men' who date 'men', while also getting rid of the quotation marks and broadening its wings to be inclusive and thereby tapping into a larger pool of people who are deprived of online and app spaces for love," LGBTQ activist Harish Iyer writes in The Quint.

An Australian sex survey conducted last year in July recognised 33 gender identities, and, no, you cannot categorise them all under the LGBTQ umbrella. Because, firstly, it is now LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex an asexual), and there is obviously a lot of work to be done in the field of trans awareness. 

Trasgender Remembrance Day was started in 1999, by writer-activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith, to memoralise the murder of a 34-year-old transgender woman named Rita Hester, in 1998.

“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,” Grindr director of equality Harrison-Quintana said in a statement.

"We created written resources linked from the gender identity fields in the profile to answer cis users’ questions and decrease that burden on trans people,” he added. Grindr has also confirmed that the app is now using gender neutral language, and has also included a FAQ page, which talks about trans issues. 

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