On Thursday at the Recode Code Conference in Los Angeles, Tinder CEO Sean Rad announced that the dating app has plans to make its services more inclusive to transgender and gender nonconforming communities.
Tinder -- which has been accused of having a transphobia problem -- will be "working with leading LGBTQ experts and organizations, including GLAAD, to help them address these needs and continue revolutionizing the ways by which ALL people, across the globe, connect," according to a statement from Tinder's PR team.
Rad said the following at the conference:
One challenge we face at Tinder is making sure our tens of millions of users around the world have the same user experience. No matter who you are, no matter what you’re looking for, you should get quality matches through the Tinder experience. There’s an important transgender (and gender nonconforming) community on Tinder who haven’t had that experience... yet. We haven’t delivered for them, so we’re working with LGBTQ advisors, including transgender activist Andrea James and GLAAD to help us address this important demographic. This is not only the right thing to do for our users, it’s the right thing to do, period.
A representative from GLAAD confirmed with HuffPost that the organization will indeed be working with Tinder to make the app more inclusive, but could not provide further comment at this time.
For Tinder -- a major online dating/hook-up app that boasts an estimated 50 million users -- to acknowledge it's need to accommodate all users regardless of gender identity, in the face of so much transphobia, is a huge win. Here's to other apps following suit.