Tinder has launched a new feature to accommodate trans and gender non-conforming users.
The dating app had been criticised previously for only offering two options when selecting gender identity – man or woman.
But a new update gives users 37 gender options to choose from in a bid to make the app more inclusive.
Users will be able to apply the term that best describes their gender identity.
They can choose whether or not to display their gender on their profile.
Tinder chief executive Sean Rad said: “Our goal is to provide a product that gives our transgender and gender non-conforming users a better experience on Tinder.
“We’re really excited about the update and believe it is the right step to take as a company to create more meaningful connections between all of our users.
“Everyone is welcome on Tinder.”
Those behind the app say they worked with representatives from LGBT organisation GLAAD and members of the trans community on the update, which is available from today.
“It sends a strong message of acceptance when a platform like Tinder clearly tells its users that transgender people are welcome,” said Nick Adams, director of GLAAD’s Transgender Media Programme.
“Trans people who use Tinder are, like all other users, looking to form relationships and find the right match.
“Tinder’s update allows trans users to be themselves on the platform, and makes it clear that Tinder is committed to inclusion.
“This update reflects a growing awareness that trans people are part of the fabric of everyday life, which in turn, accelerates acceptance for transgender and gender non-conforming people.”
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