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To learn more about how to be an ally to transgender people, check out GLAAD's Tips for Allies of Transgender People.
Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.
I’ve reached out to both Tinder and Hinge about safeguards for trans people using their apps and why they don’t offer other ways for people to express their genders.
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Transgender people face staggering levels of poverty, discrimination, and violence. Since January 1, 2017, eight transgender women of color have been murdered. Most states and countries offer no legal protections in housing, employment, health care, and other areas where individuals experience discrimination based on their gender identity or expression.
In spite of the tremendous challenges that come with living in a culture that does not treat transgender people equally, transgender people have made and are making significant contributions to society.
“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.
“We were talking about our various experiences on Tinder and realizing there wasn’t actually a space to exist and feel completely comfortable, and safe to interact with people and try to date at all.” Earlier this year, trans people on Tinder reported that they were getting banned from using the app because of their transgender identity.
Transgender people may be straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer.If you must ask which pronoun the person uses, start with your own.For example, "Hi, I'm Alex and I use the pronouns he and him. " Then use that person's pronoun and encourage others to do the same.People in the transgender community may describe themselves using one (or more) of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, and non-binary. Trying to change a person's gender identity is no more successful than trying to change a person's sexual orientation -- it doesn't work.So most transgender people seek to bring their bodies into alignment with their gender identity. As part of the transition process, many transgender people are prescribed hormones by their doctors to change their bodies. But not all transgender people can or will take those steps, and it's important to know that being transgender is not dependent upon medical procedures.