The announcement was made to coincide with the end of Transgender Awareness week. The update includes the use of gender-neutral language throughout its app and website while also providing new profile options for gender identities.
Grindr has made the changes after surveying its transgender users and consulting with the National Center for Transgender Equality. Their new identity section allows users to either fill in their own gender identity or choose from a list of options that include “trans woman,” Trans man,” ”non-binary,” “non-conforming,” “queer,” and others. It also provides the option for users to write in or select their preferred pronouns.
The company has also released a new Gender Identity FAQ to assist its users by providing advice on how to respectfully interact with transgender and non-binary people.
Director of Grindr for Equality, Jack Harrison-Quintana, issued the following statement regarding the new changes:
“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. 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.”
Grindr claims they currently have three million daily users, which makes them the most popular mobile queer social media network.