“Thurst pretty much came out of a frustrated conversation with friends, joking about how horrible OKCupid was, for queer folks in general but especially for women and trans folks,” Thurst Co-Founder Morgen Bromell told me.“We were talking about our various experiences on Tinder and realizing there wasn’t actually a space to exist and feel completely comfortable, and safe to interact with people and try to date at all.” Earlier this year, trans people on Tinder reported that they were getting banned from using the app because of their transgender identity.We understand these problems and created this site as a way to combat them.is a safe space where you can get involved with the transgender dating scene without having to worry about being criticized, fetishized, or made to feel anything but loveable and deserving.“Tinder’s update ameliorates the typical discomfort and stress that trans people experience around disclosure.Much of the violence that trans people encounter is in the context of sex and dating, and for us to be empowered with the tools to communicate who we are and on our own terms, is incredible.”Tinder isn’t the first social media company to shift away from the male-female gender binary.Just as the real world does not often accept transgender people, online dating sites are quite similar, except with the added layer of being able to hide behind a computer screen while hurling insults, hatred, and misunderstanding.
Grabbing my phone, I tapped over to Google Play and set about downloading Thurst, the long-anticipated “dating app for queer people of all genders,” which I’d been waiting for since its announcement in 2015.
In the past, the app only allowed users to select “man” or “woman” when listing their genders on their profiles; now, it allows people to move beyond that binary choice.
The app also gives users the option of displaying their gender on their profile.
The landing screen was all but blank, offering no tutorial — and nothing worked.
I tried to upload a picture and was met with an error message that just said “Warning!