Grindr Makes Changes to Accommodate Transgender Users

Jen Richards, transgender activist, writer, actress, and producer, speaks with transgender guests to promote Grindr’s new transgender inclusive features.

Grindr, the world’s most popular gay mobile hookup app, today announced changes to its app to be more inclusive of transgender users. The changes include profile fields for gender identity and pronouns, system-wide gender-neutral language and an FAQ to help non-transgender users interact respectfully.

In an announcement of the changes, Grindr said it was “informed by a community engagement process that centered the voices and needs of transgender people through a survey of transgender users and a formal consultation with the National Center for Transgender Equality.”

Grindr implemented the update to users worldwide at the end of Transgender Awareness Week, and brought on transgender activist, writer, actress and producer Jen Richards to feature in a new video promoting the changes.

“As the largest global queer social network, Grindr has always had trans men, trans women, and non-binary users on the app,” said Peter Sloterdyk, vice president of marketing at Grindr. “We are proud to release these updates to our core functionality to firmly establish that we are committed to making Grindr a welcome and safe space for all trans people.”

The app and website copy have been updated to include gender-neutral terms. Grindr users will also notice a new “Identity” section in their user profile that includes options for listing their gender and pronouns. Users can pick from a list of common gender identities like “trans man,” “woman,” “cis man,” “non-binary,” “non-conforming,” and “queer.” Users also will have the option to write in their gender identity if it doesn’t already appear on the list. Pronouns can also be included on the new profiles including “He/Him/His,” “She/Her/Hers,” “They/Them/Theirs” or users can specify pronouns not listed.

“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,” said Jack Harrison-Quintana, director of Grindr for Equality. “That’s why we created written resources linked from the gender identity fields in the profile to answer users’ questions and decrease that burden on trans people.”

The resources address a number of questions from “What’s the difference between trans and intersex,” to “Is it ok to ask a trans person about their birth name?” and “Why do some people want to be called they?”

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