GLAAD Teams Up with Tinder to Expand Sexual Orientation Options

GLAAD & Tinder have partnered to roll out an exciting new update that will formally introduce sexual orientation into the app’s signature matching experience. For the first time, users can share more information about their sexual orientation, which will impact how potential matches are generated.

Tinder’s new update comes as a response to user feedback, as well as a study conducted by the app that found that majority of LGBTQ respondents in the U.S. were interested in more options or easier ways to express their sexual orientation on dating platforms. Tinder’s study also found that LGBTQ users feel that online dating/dating apps have benefitted their community over the past five years since Tinder’s inception.


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“We want all of our users to feel empowered expressing who they are while connecting with new people -- and we’re always working to make that easier for our users on Tinder,” said Elie Seidman, CEO of Tinder. “Dating apps are invaluable platforms for connecting the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re beyond proud to continue our efforts, in partnership with GLAAD, to improve the community’s experience on Tinder.”

To add more information about sexual orientation on Tinder, users can simply visit Edit Info within the app. After tapping “Orientation,” they’ll be able to select up to three terms that they feel best describe their sexual orientation. From there, users can also select whether to display their sexual orientation on their profile.

Additionally, the onboarding flow for new users has been updated to include sexual orientation from the very start, and users can select to see users of their same sexual orientation first within their Discovery Preferences.

For the past several months, GLAAD has worked with Tinder to create these changes. This new update builds on Tinder’s efforts to be more inclusive of its growing, diverse user base. Its More Genders update, which was also built in collaboration with GLAAD, has now led to more than 80 million new matches among users. Over the past year, the app also paved the way for greater representation on keyboards around the world by championing the passage interracial couple emoji through Unicode.

“Tinder continues to show a dedication to inclusivity with updates that reach millions of people and create safer spaces for LGBTQ users,” said Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer at GLAAD. “Their latest work to expand additional sexual orientation options is an impactful change that helps LGBTQ people authentically express their full selves and gives LGBTQ users more control over potential matches."

This summer, Tinder will also be supporting the LGBTQ community by offering free advertising to nonprofit organizations dedicated to driving social, political and cultural equality and acceptance of people across all genders and orientations. More details can be found here.

Orientation on Tinder will roll out to iOS and Android users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Ireland, India, Australia and New Zealand throughout June 2019. More information can be found in the company’s blog post here.


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