A word of warning to those who are looking for a quick hookup though: "Butterfly is transforming transgender dating by connecting singles who are looking for a serious relationship," it says on its website.Membership is free and an upgrade is not required to arrange dates and communicate.Even as the most well-known dating sites have adjusted their perspectives to welcome trans daters with open arms, it’s still a market aimed at heterosexual and gay and typically the language is aimed at binary gendered folks.
Back when we started TAT in 2012, we quickly came to realize that (until very recently,) transgender individuals were marginalized by society at large (think where gays were back in the 1980s.) It is not easy to find transgender individuals and TAT has made the effort to build carefully build its membership base one person at a time.” Willis detailed the difficulties of dating as a trans woman of color.It’s a specific and safe digital space that seeks to leap over the hurdles most trans women face in their dating lives.Adds Richmond, “TAT's competition is mainly from large corporate owned and publicly traded companies whose websites are highly commercial in nature.But at the center of it all, “trans men and women are just like anyone else. However, thanks to a host of complicated issues, being loved is easier said than done.”Especially for trans women, navigating the dating scene is difficult.The conversation in which she reveals that she’s trans is always looming overhead, threatening to swoop in and ruin all chances of compatibility and chemistry.Men and trans women need safe spaces to date where they can confidently claim their identities and connect with partners who value and appreciate that they’re trans.It sounds like an easy enough problem to solve, however, the online dating services available to trans people are far and few between.“While the site name is not politically correct, our members recognize that TAT is a true community of transgender people who are able to network with each other in order to find support while at the same time they have the opportunity to interact with true heterosexual admirers from who are interested in meeting for dates and fun.” Richmond adds.Unlike other dating sites, TAT isn’t trying to adjust its approach or target to make trans women feel welcome, it is trans owned and operated.The entire community revolves around valuing and celebrating transgender women.For instance, does it really follow through on what it promises? Butterfly, a new transgender dating app has just launched around the globe.Currently available in South Africa, Greece, the UK and the US, to name a few, it claims to protect user privacy with no swiping necessary.