I tried to upload a picture and was met with an error message that just said “Warning!
Regardless of our disappointment, we need to support developers like those at Thurst, rather than casually dismiss them for perceived inadequacies.
Trans people were forced to out themselves in the first lines of their biographies or risk being called liars or frauds, still a common occurrence on apps like OKCupid and Tinder, which aren’t fully equipped to accommodate trans identities; Tinder, for instance, allows trans people to identify as male or female for the purposes of search results, but has no idea how to accommodate nonbinary people.
It’s not uncommon for trans people to flee to the most popular of queer dating apps: Grindr.
Some are even aggressively transphobic; I remember when, early in my transition, I received a message from someone who simply wrote “You’re not a woman. I hate that shit.”Recently, there’s been a surge of new dating apps ostensibly targeted at transgender people.
Most, however, are really meant to draw in cisgender men who want to have sex with trans women, a group of people known in the trans community as “chasers.” Predictably, we have found little solace in the arms of men we found on “Transgender Dating” (which “lets you meet nearby transgenders [sic]”) or “Ladyboys Shemale Dating App.”I tried out a service from developer Uluvit called Teadate a few months ago and was disturbed for entirely different reasons.