Gay hookup app Grindr has just added support for all genders, allowing trans people and cis women.
The change was introduced in an update this week, Pink News has reported.
Users can also now select their pronouns as part of their profile.
Previously there was no option to nominate gender, but trans users could select their ‘tribe’ as trans.
Now that trans people are formally supported by Grindr, the site has added a guide for cis people to interacting respectfully with trans users.
“Many trans people are asked questions about what surgeries they’ve had all the time, and often the people asking are being inappropriate and have no business knowing about their genitals,” part of the guide reads.
“This constant sexual harassment can have a profound negative effect on a person.
“Before you ask a trans person about surgeries, ask yourself whether you’re in a situation in which you’d ask a cis person about their genitals.
“Of course, if people are discussing a potential hook up, it might be an appropriate time to ask. But even if it is, asking something else that’s broader like ‘What are you into sexually’ may open the door to the discussion without associating you with the people who ask in an offensive way.”
The big surprising change is that cis women are now supported to use the app, but time will tell whether they will take it up.
Social media users have welcomed Grindr’s new trans inclusivity, but most seem baffled at the inclusion of cis women in the app.
“Why would cis women be on Grindr, other than to be pretentious and find gay men to annoy? Trans women—sure—but cis women?” tweeted one person.
“Grindr is 99% gay cis males, what the fuck are women going to get from using it?” posted another.
Grindr makes the inclusivity sound like a great idea until you realize it’s going to be mostly straight women getting on to see if their man is on the DL creeping 💀
— The Hologram 🔮 (@StarStruckAJ) November 21, 2017
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— 🍗Krista🍠Grace🌽 (@GraciousKY) November 21, 2017
Why would cis women be on Grindr, other than to be pretentious & find gay men to annoy? Trans people – sure – but cis women?
— Olly (@WillyWollyOlly) November 21, 2017
real happy grindr is finally opening itself to non-conforming genders but i’m unsure why it has sections for women? anyone shed any light?
— Alexander (@alexstewurt) November 21, 2017
Grindr is 99% gay cis males what the fuck are women going to get from using it?
— Peter (@male_mixer) November 21, 2017