Tinder CEO Sean Rad confirms transgender options are coming to dating app

tinder transgender options sean rad
Sean Rad/JD Lasica/Flickr
Tinder revolutionized digital matchmaking with its user-friendly interface that brought online dating to the masses. Where the app has lagged, much like it’s social networking counterparts, is its overly simple approach to gender. At present, Tinder users can only identify themselves as either male or female, with the same limited options attached to the gender they want to be matched with.

The company’s CEO, Sean Rad, said that he is well aware of the app’s restrictions and that he and his team are working on making it more gender-inclusive.

Rad admits that Tinder is consequently a tough app to navigate for transgender people. “For a long time we haven’t done enough to give them a good experience,” he told Recode. “It’s harder for them to get what they are looking for.”

To address those failings, Tinder will soon introduce enhancements to its interface to expand upon the available options. Rad didn’t specify what exactly the changes would look like, but he did add that the new feature would help users more accurately choose what they’re looking for and “be who they are.”

“It’s not only good for the Tinder community, but it’s the right thing to do for the world,” declared Rad.

Social networks have repeatedly been criticized for restricting the options available to transgender communities. Despite expanding its gender identity options in 2014, Facebook came under fire last year over its fake name policy. Protesters claimed that it was unfairly being used to target transgender users, as well as drag queens, and kings who identify themselves under a pseudonym.

Additionally, Rad’s comments come at a relevant time for the gender-inclusivity issue at large. On Monday, President Barack Obama defended the government’s decision to direct public schools to permit transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. The directive was issued after several states — including Arizona, Maryland, Kentucky, and Florida — issued so-called “bathroom bills” that dictated that individuals use the bathroom that matches the sex on their birth certificate.

Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…
Mobile

Turn to these apps to help you in your next hunt for a job

Looking for a job can be a stressful experience, but these days, a simple mobile app can help you to find and apply for jobs all over the country -- here are some of the best job search apps for iOS and Android.
Mobile

On a budget? We found the best affordable smartphones you can buy

Here are the best cheap phones for anyone working with a tight budget, whether you're a fan of stock Android or marathon battery life. Find out what you can get for under $500 or far, far less as we round up the best budget smartphones.
Mobile

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.
Social Media

Instagram now lets you post to multiple accounts in one tap

Instagram for iPhone now lets you post to multiple accounts at the same time. It's not the regram feature that many users have been asking for, but it could prove useful for some users who manage more than one profile.
Social Media

No yolk! A photo of an egg has become the most-liked post on Instagram

Until this weekend, the most-liked post on Instagram was of Kylie Jenner's baby daughter, which has around 18 million likes. It's now been knocked off the top spot not by a stunning sunset or even a cute cat, but by an egg.
Social Media

Invite your friends — Facebook Events can now be shared to Stories

Facebook is testing a way to make plans with friends to attend an event -- through Stories. By sharing an event in Facebook Stories, users can message other friends interested in the event to make plans to attend together.
Social Media

A quick swipe will soon let you keep bingeing YouTube on mobile devices

The YouTube mobile app has a new, faster way to browse: Swiping. Once the update rolls out, users can swipe to go to the next (or previous) video in the recommended list, even while viewing in full screen.
Photography

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.
Social Media

Twitter extends its new timeline feature to Android users

Twitter users with an Android device can now quickly switch between an algorithm-generated timeline and one that shows the most recent tweets first. The new feature landed for iPhone users last month.
Social Media

YouTube to crack down on dangerous stunts like the ‘Bird Box’ challenge

YouTube already bans content showing dangerous activities, but new rules published by the site go into greater detail regarding potentially harmful challenges and pranks, including certain blindfold- or laundry detergent-based stunts.
Social Media

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. users don’t realize Facebook tracks their interests

Did you know Facebook tracks your interests, including political and multicultural affiliations? According to a recent Pew study, 74 percent of adult users in the U.S. have no idea Facebook keeps a running list of your interests.
Mobile

It’s back! Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed

Twitter has finally brought back the reverse chronological feed, allowing you to see your feed based on the newest tweets, rather than using Twitter's algorithm that shows what it thinks you want to see. It's easy to switch.