In what is definitely a highly commendable move, Tinder has announced its latest update which supports more ways to express gender identity – users will now be able to choose and display gender preferences outside of the binary. This effectively means that users now have the opportunity on the platform to identify as any gender that they believe represents them most authentically.
Unlike the popular gay dating app, Grindr, Tinders users in India were offered only two options when selecting their gender: man or woman. For users who identified as transgender, gender neutral or as any other gender outside the binary, this limitation posed an obvious challenge.
However, Tinder now has 23 other options in addition to the staple ‘male’ and ‘female’ identity. This can be done by heading to the ‘edit info’ screen and they can also opt to display their gender on their profile. This was made possible after the dating app instituted an advisory panel comprising The Humsafar Trust and advocate, Parmesh Shahani who helped guide the local development of the update.
“Tinder’s new initiative celebrates the diversity and pluralism and truly represents the idea of India. For numerous Indians who identify as trans and non-binary, this will be their chance to be their true selves online and in person. It gives us great pleasure to be associated with Tinder on this bold move,” Ashok Row Kavi, Chairperson, The Humsafar Trust, said regarding the update.
“Inclusivity, acceptance and individuality are core values of Tinder. Users are best to assert their own identity, and our latest update gives them the opportunity to decide how to express themselves authentically. I think it is vital to be reflective of our time, and it has been a good year in India for gender, sexuality and personal autonomy. Everyone is welcome on Tinder,” Taru Kapoor, GM, Tinder India added.