App users were given the options to define as male or female, as well as female to male (FTM) or male to female (MTF).
Non-binary Transdr users were forced to either define as a binary gender or “other,” which many said was unfair for a trans focused app.
The spokesperson said: “Those terms have a good number of searches on Google and app store.
“We would argue that [being easily found on search engines] also contributes to the user experience.
The most important thing for a dating app is to get as many new users as possible to give its users more choices.
“If we are doing well in bringing new users to Transdr, our users will be able to find the right person easier and quicker.
As a transgender woman, my relationship with online dating is complicated to say the least.
Unfortunately, these labels don’t appear on their profiles.There should be an app knowing about them well and making them feel comfortable.” However, within weeks of the launch of the app, many transgender people took to social media to heavily criticise many of the app’s features and descriptions.One of the main complaints was the use of multiple derogatory terms in both advertisements for the app and the app itself.“‘Transdr is a TS dating and social community for transgender, crossdresser people…’ and it goes on to use the words shemale, lady boy and sissy boy. These words – which are regularly used as insults against transgender people – were originally justified by a Transdr spokesperson as being used for advertising purposes, allowing the app to be found more easily in search engines and within the app stores.When asked whether the app still supported the use of these terms after the complaints, a Transdr spokesperson told Pink News that while there was a benefit to using such loaded terms, they had made the decision to remove them.Washboard-Abs-No-Face and unsolicited dick pics that most women, unfortunately, receive. Right as a transgender woman (I was born male, but identify and present as female) adds a whole new dimension to digital dating.Since transitioning in I haven’t reacted positively to guys who hit on me in person because I haven’t mastered the art of telling them that we have “the same parts.” For the past three years, Tinder has been my gateway into online dating as a transgender woman.Transdr said that they had planned to include a non-binary option, but that it was removed by mistake and would be added to a subsequent update.Related: Grindr finally apologises after HIV data row The app had previously said that Transdr was for trans people and their “admirers,” prompting criticism of the app for encouraging “chasers” – that is, people who fetishise trans people – and not keeping the app exclusive.Transdr confirmed to Pink News that one of the app’s co-founders was trans.“Our team has a trans person who is dedicated to product and marketing.