Tinder is truly one of the easiest ways to connect with other singles because, let’s be real, who actually has the energy to put on a bra for IRL meet-cutes in an Uber Pool?
And their user base, if you didn’t know, is huge. Ever since the dating app platform launched in 2012, it’s just continued to grow across the world—creating a massive and diverse pool of singles to potentially date (yes, even if those matches live across the country).
And finally, today, Tinder is recognizing just how fluid gender and sexuality have become by launching a new and inclusive feature for the LGBTQ+ community—just in time for Pride Month.
Presenting: Orientation. It gives you the ability to select up to three sexual orientations you best identify with to have them either publicly shown in your bio or kept private. Then it also lets you prioritize potential matches based on your orientation preferences.
This means for one, you can now see multiple genders in your queue, if that’s of interest to you—a huge win! And second, you now have the option to identify as straight, gay, asexual, bisexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer, and questioning—or a combination of three.
The update is in response to user feedback, as well as a study conducted by the app, which found that 57 percent of LGBTQ+ respondents in the U.S. were interested in more options or easier ways to express their sexual orientation on dating platforms.
“We want all 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,” 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.”
Existing users can simply go to Edit Info within the app and tap Orientation to select up to three terms. You’ll then have the choice to display this publicly on your profile.
For all new users, sexual orientation will be prompted from the start in the sign-up process, and users can choose to match with others of their same sexual orientation in their Discovery Preferences. For more info, peep the dating app’s blog post about the new feature here.