OkCupid is making big steps to become more inclusive, especially in the way its LGBTQ+ users can identify themselves!
In a recent announcement, the popular dating app revealed that it will be steadily adding plenty of new identity labels that LGBTQ+ users can choose from to add to their dating profiles, the likes of which include popular terms like "top," "bottom," "twink," "femme," "butch," "bear," and so much more.
"This Pride Month, we’re excited to announce that we’ve created a dedicated space where our LGBTQ+ users can choose from an expanded list of over 60 identities to signal to other users who they really are and how they identify," said a recent blog post on OkCupid's website, announcing the expansion. "Daters will not only be able to select these identities so they can share more about themselves with others, but they can also use them to filter for the types of people and relationships they’re looking for by setting them as preferences when searching for a match. All identities will be available by the end of this month."
Created with consultation from queer community leaders and organizations, most notably the Human Rights Campaign, these 19 new identifiers (listed below) are being added to the 22 gender options and 20 orientation options that OkCupid already has available for its users, making for a grand total of 61 identities to choose from!
The 19 new IDs include:
"Safety and inclusivity on dating apps is important not only during Pride, but all year round," Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign's senior vice president of programs, research & training, said in a statement. "Allowing users to select from such a wide array of identity options will make many LGBTQ+ users feel more welcome on OkCupid, and will allow them to use the platform in a more authentic way."