Tinder Users Can Now Display Up To Three Sexual Orientations On Their Profiles

  • Friday, July 05 2019 @ 08:02 am
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Tinder Adds Orientations

During Pride month Tinder announced that users will now be able to identify their sexual orientation on their profiles. The ‘Orientation’ feature allows users to choose up to three labels they identify with in order to more effectively match based on sexual preferences.

To edit or add more information about your sexual orientation on Tinder, simply edit your profile. Tap Orientation to select up to three terms that you feel best describe your sexual orientation. There are nine options to choose from, including “straight,” “gay,” “bisexual,” “queer” and “asexual.” New users will see these options as part of their onboarding process.

After selecting your preferred terms, you can decide whether or not they are displayed on your profile. You can also visit your Discovery Preferences to indicate whether you’d like to see people who share your orientation first. Users have full control over how they want to identify and how important it is to them as a matching factor.

Tinder partnered with GLAAD to introduce Orientation. Recent research from Tinder and GLAAD found that the majority (80 percent) of LGBTQ+ adults believe online dating is a benefit to their community. Nearly half of those who said online dating had made a positive contribution to the LGBT+ community say it has made it easier for them to be themselves and explore their own identities.

"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, in a prepared statement. "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."

Tinder previously worked with GLAAD to introduce the 'More Genders' update in 2016, which allowed users to choose the gender identity that best describes them.

"Tinder continues to show a dedication to inclusivity with updates that reach millions of people and create safer spaces for LGBTQ users," Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer at GLAAD, said in the statement. "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."

Orientation will roll out to iOS and Android users in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, India, Australia and New Zealand throughout June.