A Grindr update focused on respect and inclusivity for the transgender user base (covered by GDI here) may have a second major change nested within it – it seems that women will now be able to make greater use of the platform.
In a rework of how users create their profiles, the app has added a number of new options for ‘gender’. Women can now select “Woman” to describe themselves, as well as variations on this term for those who do not feel it (alone) is appropriate.
Women will also be able to select female pronouns after a new facility was added to the app – users can select the pronoun most appropriate for them, or they can write their own.
PinkNews has called this move “the official end of the app’s men-only stance.”
The move may bring Grindr into more direct competition with apps like Her – “The Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer App You Didn’t Know You Needed”.
Both the dating platform and the community newsfeed aspects of Her could be under threat, as Grindr is currently expanding its lifestyle magazine INTO.