Tinder is hosting a discussion about inclusivity at its Los Angeles headquarters on June 27th to celebrate the conclusion of Pride Month.
The event, titled ‘Engineering Inclusivity in the Digital Dating Age’, is being held in association with GLAAD, a non-governmental organisation working to raise awareness around LGBTQ+ acceptance.
Moderated by GLAAD Associate Director Alex Schmider, a panel of four Tinder employees will discuss how the brand considers inclusivity when helping its users connect. They will also answer further questions from members of the audience about their unique experiences.
The panelists will be Senior Product Manager of Trust and Safety Bernadette Morgan, Associate Creative Director Kristin Collins Jackson, Product Manager Aaron Silvers and Community Operations Manager Jilda Castaldo.
Tickets are available for free but limited, so attendees need to register their interest on Tinder’s EventBrite page.
At the start of the month, the dating app announced that singles will now be able to display their sexual orientation on their profile, an update that came in collaboration with GLAAD. Users can choose “Queer”, “Straight” or “Bisexual”.
Tinder CEO Elie Seidman said in an accompanying statement: “Dating apps are invaluable platforms for connecting the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re beyond proud to continue our efforts, in partnership with GLAAD, to improve the community’s experience on Tinder.”
Various studies and reports have found that 60-70% of non-heterosexual relationships begin online.
OkCupid has also worked with GLAAD. The Match Group-owned brand recently allowed users to specify their preferred pronouns.
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