This has the potential to make online dating more thorough and more fruitful, but safety and acceptance for trans people who date online may take more than an algorithm.As La Mon noted, it all comes down to “the age-old question of when you disclose” your transgender identity.In 2013, an online petition asking OKCupid to accommodate trans and genderqueer people received more than 1,000 signatures.Ryley Pogensky, the genderqueer person who created the petition, said that when he asked OKCupid about adding more gender identity options, a representative told him it would be difficult to change the site because it was built “in a pretty binary way.” La Mon has noticed that his male and female OKCupid profiles get different matches.He dates men and women, both transgender and cisgender (a term for people who aren't trans).
Last year, Yeni Sleidi met a software developer named Asher Snyder who was fed up with what he calls the “Tinderification” of online dating.
Winter La Mon is a 28-year-old transgender man who lives in New York City.
He joined the online dating site OKCupid six years ago, about three years before he transitioned.
Soon after Colleen made a profile on OKCupid she agreed to a date—just to test out the site.
She and the guy hadn't had much communication, and she assumed he was mostly interested in hooking up. ” This doesn't happen often, Colleen said, but when it does she tries to play it cool.