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And that is the main reason that as of Tuesday, Nov.15, Tinder’s gender feature will operate in a totally new way.“It’s important for a major company like Tinder, which has tens of millions of users around the world, to send this message that transgender people are welcome on the platform,” says Adams, who has consulted on transgender-related projects for platforms ranging from E! (That is especially the case in the current political climate, he says, when many LGBT Americans are wary about what the future holds.) “Transgender people are part of the fabric of our American culture,” says Adams. And that is just the modern world in which we live.” *** Tinder users are shown photos of nearby users in the app and can swipe right to “like” them and left for “no thanks.” Users are alerted only to mutual right-swipes, which result in a “match.” To date, 20 billion Tinder matches have been made across 196 countries, with more than 1 billion swipes happening each day.Yet like any wildly popular startup, the company is always looking for the next way to improve the user experience.Take the 2013 case of James Dixon, who started talking to a young woman named Islan Nettles on the streets of New York, not realizing she was transgender.His friends taunted him, saying Nettles was “a guy.” Dixon beat Nettles to death, later telling police he “didn’t want to be fooled.” Several cases of transgender women being murdered arise every year, while transgender people across the board report high levels of harassment.Even people who consider themselves allies can be under the mistaken impression that for transgender people, “the more you are ‘out of the closet,’ the more happy you will be,” says Adams, who is a transgender man.While that may be more true for gay, lesbian and bisexual people, he says, it’s complicated for a minority whose authenticity is constantly called into question—and who can suffer violence when other people discover their status.
But users like Busillo are hopeful that the change, given Tinder’s enormous audience, will prove a big mind-opening moment.To that end, the company has “hackathons,” events where employees are tasked with coming up with new features or solving problems in a marathon-style setting.The new gender-selection project came out of one such hackathon held this summer.The CEO of a company that has been criticized for promoting superficial, sexist hookup culture says that sitting and talking to so many transgender people throughout the project has led him to a deeper understanding of the human condition. “It’s really about how people see themselves and how they feel. I hope as a society that we are more inclusive.” Rad doesn’t know how many Tinder users might use the new feature, in part because they have never had a way to collect data about whether users identify as anything other than a man or woman.Though the company won’t release exact figures about average monthly users, the Tinder app has been downloaded over 100 million times.