So far, Tinder users in India were offered only two options when selecting their gender: man or woman. For users who are identified as transgender, gender neutral or somewhere between or outside the gender binary posed an obvious challenge.
“Users are best to assert their own identity and our latest update gives them the opportunity to decide how to express themselves authentically and it has been a good year in India for gender, sexuality and personal autonomy,” Taru Kapoor, General Manager, Tinder India said.
With this new update, the users will be able to type any word that describes their gender identity on their profiles. At present, the update is rolling out to Tinder’s iOS and Android users in India. The company stated that the feature was built with the help of its transgender and gender non-conforming users and consultants including India’s oldest LGBTQ organization ‘The Humsafar Trust‘.
Also, the company has mentioned that it is also inviting back users who were earlier banned from the service after being unfairly reported by others due to their gender.