Andrea James

Transgender on Tinder? Now You Can Identify Yourself That Way

The update, which was released on Tuesday, was designed in consultation with transgender community leaders and other prominent transgender people, including the activists Andrea James and Nick Adams and several entertainers connected to the award-winning Amazon show “Transparent,” like the actress Trace Lysette, the musician Our Lady J and Zackary Drucker, a producer on the show.

Ms. Drucker and Ms. James said they hoped the update would make it easier and safer for transgender people to look for love. Transgender people face far higher rates of violence than the general population, in particular transgender women of color, and Ms. James said that in romantic situations “there’s a stereotype that we are trying to deceive people.”

“Dating for trans people is generally safer via an app like Tinder,” Ms. James said. “I find it much safer to make connections online versus having a stranger approach me in a cafe or bar.”

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