OkCupid Introduces LGBTQ Profile Questions

OkCupid is launching a new range of profile questions made specifically for its LGBTQ users.

The online dating service lets users ask pre-approved questions of their potential matches as a way to measure compatibility, and to help the pair begin a conversation with an interesting ice-breaker.

Some of the new options include “When did you come out?”, “Does your family understand your gender and sexual identity?”, “Do you consider it cheating to hook up with the opposite sex?” and “Would you commit long-term to someone of the same sex?”.

The update was created after OkCupid found that 15% of its new users identified as LGBTQ. It chose an October rollout to mark international LGBTQ History Month.

OkCupid’s Global Communications Manager Michael Kaye told Elite Daily: “These questions came from LGBTQ+ members of our own team, as well as by asking members of the community what is important to them.

“We recognized that there are many questions LGBTQ+ users want to ask each other, that don’t apply to straight people.”

Back in 2014, OkCupid expanded its range of gender and sexuality options to include 22 genders and 13 sexual orientations, making it one of the first mainstream services to express such inclusiveness.

It updated profile layouts four years later so users can easily and clearly display their preferred pronouns.

A survey issued by OkCupid in June found that 82% of women and 55% of men want same-sex marriage to be legalised in India.

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Dominic Whitlock

Dominic is the Editor for Global Dating Insights. Originally from Devon, England he achieved a BA in English Language & Linguistics from The University of Reading. He enjoys a variety of sports and has a further passion for film and music.

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