Tinder is making its Orientation feature global after debuting it in Australia one year ago.
The dating app’s feature lets swipers list up to three of nine sexual orientations in their Tinder profiles.
Users can identify as three of the following: straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer, and questioning.
Since launching a year ago in Australia in partnership with GLAAD, 62 percent of swipers have set an orientation, and one in five matches made identify as queer.
“At Tinder, we believe everyone deserves to feel seen, which starts with the ability to authentically be yourself. That’s why we introduced both the Orientation and More Genders features,” Elie Seidman, CEO of Tinder, said in a statement.
Gen Z users (aged 18 to 25) were 20 percent more likely than millennials and Gen X to choose more than one orientation, per Tinder figures. Identifying as “questioning and straight” is a rising orientation listing among this demographic.
“Our younger members, Gen Z, are leading the way to a more inclusive world and we know that with our scale, we can help make a difference with our product. We can’t wait to release these features to more people around the world,” the statement continued.
Tinder also plans to expand its More Genders features on a global scale in the next few months. This feature — which launched in 2016, again, in partnership with GLAAD — allows members to identify from over 30+ genders.
The feature expansion comes after Tinder launched its Traveler Alert last year, which aimed to protect and inform LGBTQ swipers about the risks of using dating apps in the 70 countries where the law effectively criminalises LGBTQ status.
The Orientation and More Genders features will be available everywhere “excluding markets where there are state-sponsored sexual orientation laws,” according to Tinder’s press release.
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