Finding love using online dating apps and services can be tough, and even dangerous for anyone who’s not straight and cisgender (those who don’t identify as transgender).
“Thurst pretty much came out of a frustrated conversation with friends, joking about how horrible OKCupid was, for queer folks in general but especially for women and trans folks,” Thurst Co-Founder Morgen Bromell told me.
“We were talking about our various experiences on Tinder and realizing there wasn’t actually a space to exist and feel completely comfortable, and safe to interact with people and try to date at all.” Earlier this year, trans people on Tinder reported that they were getting banned from using the app because of their transgender identity.
Now, living as a man who is in a relationship with a woman, Chaz is considered by society to be straight.
Many people don't think this through when a friend or loved one undergoes a transsexual transition.
I’ve reached out to both Tinder and Hinge about safeguards for trans people using their apps and why they don’t offer other ways for people to express their genders.
I’ll update this story if I hear back from Tinder and Hinge.
This should not be breaking news, and yet it will be for many. Back in the 1990's, lesbian and gay organizations started adding transgender people to their missions.
It seemed to be a reasonable expansion -- transgender people face many of the same prejudices that gay people do.
This includes instances when transgender users are reported by others, but haven’t violated any of our community standards.” Still, Tinder only offers two options for gender identification: male and female. But Tinder isn’t the only mainstream dating app that’s guilty of excluding trans people.
Hinge, another popular dating app, also only offers “woman” and “man” as gender options.
What seemed to be happening was that transphobic people on Tinder were reporting those transgender users on the app.