Tinder is by no means an instrument of social progress, but a recent update by the swiping app is a refreshing step forward.
Users in the Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. now have 37 new gender options to help them identify beyond just ‘male’ or female’.
They’ll also be able to decide whether or not their profile shows their gender.
When you tap “I Am” and select “More,” you can type a word that describes your gender identity. You can also select to be shown in searches which best reflect your identity.
“Every new person in your life expands your horizons in some way. Inclusion and acceptance drive this expansion, and we want Tinder to reflect the world that surrounds us every day,” wrote the company in an announcement of the new option.
“We haven’t had the right tools to serve our diverse community in the past, but that changes today.”
Tinder has previously been criticized by members of the trans community who’ve been unfairly blocked or removed as a result of misconceptions and misunderstandings.
Tinder enlisted transgender and GNC (Gender Non-Conforming) activists to share their dating experiences to help shape the creation of this update: