Hinge, another popular dating app, also only offers “woman” and “man” as gender options.
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.
The truth is, sexuality is complicated, and the best way we can really understand ourselves and each other is to be more aware of the many different ways humans can love.
Today, we are talking about what pansexuality is, a term that has garnered more interest during recent years.
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One of the biggest downfalls in our education system is the lack of information readily available about sexuality.
Our mainstream culture has reached a point where we are all familiar with straight, gay, lesbian and bisexual lifestyles, but these labels still provide a very limited understanding of human sexuality.
Consider pansexual attraction as being transcendent of gender, meaning: it isn’t limited by gender (internal awareness of a gender role or identity) or sex (anatomy of one’s reproductive system). Carol Queen, the legendary staff sexologist at Good Vibrations in San Francisco, who happens to identify as bi/pansexual, explains, “pansexual people do not desire everybody, they just don’t rule a person out because of gender. I would say that there is no exact definition of this term and that people who identify as pansexual might want to be ready to clarify their own specific ‘take’ on this identity to people who are confused about its implications.“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.What seemed to be happening was that transphobic people on Tinder were reporting those transgender users on the app.A couple of nights ago, Bromell pitched Thurst at Tech Crunch’s NYC Meetup and Pitch-Off and ended up winning second place.Bromwell is currently trying to raise a seed round so that Thurst can hire a mobile designer.