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“Thurst pretty much came out of a frustrated conversation with friends, joking about how horrible OKCupid was, for queer folks in general but especially for women and trans folks,” Thurst Co-Founder Morgen Bromell told me.
Winter La Mon is a 28-year-old transgender man who lives in New York City.
He joined the online dating site OKCupid six years ago, about three years before he transitioned.
Finding love using online dating apps and services can be tough, and even dangerous for anyone who’s not straight and cisgender (those who don’t identify as transgender).
Yes, there are apps for gay men, like Grindr and Scruff, and one for queer women called Her. Enter Thurst, a dating app for queer, trans and gender non-conforming people.
Sleidi said that she is "very gay," and some of her transgender friends are uncomfortable using OKCupid.
From the beginning, she knew it was important to allow people to identify as queer and transgender in their profiles.
What seemed to be happening was that transphobic people on Tinder were reporting those transgender users on the app.
“Everyone is welcome on Tinder,” a Tinder spokesperson told Business Insider in June. If we find that a user has been wrongfully banned, then we unban their account.
But not every transgender person wants to be this open.
For those who don’t disclose their trans identity online, safety and rejection are big concerns.
This includes instances when transgender users are reported by others, but haven’t violated any of our community standards.” Still, Tinder only offers two options for gender identification: male and female. But Tinder isn’t the only mainstream dating app that’s guilty of excluding trans people.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating