Allegations of transphobia are not new in the world of gay online dating.
In 2011 LGBT media outlet Queerty took the app to task for allegedly deleting accounts that made reference to being trans.
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“Mister aspires to be something closer to a lifestyle brand that incorporates both dating and sex and interests and hopefully different communities,” he said.
“Not everybody needs to want to hook up with someone who’s trans.
As a man who has dated using apps himself, he crafted a manifesto, and a code of conduct that he hopes creates a respectful environment.“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
He recounted to me one user’s feedback of a date with a trans user who had not made his situation clear on his profile.
When ‘Transartist,’ a transgender man from Los Angeles, uses gay dating apps to meet other guys, it is not always a positive experience. “Guys contacting me to say things like I don’t ‘belong’ on this site.”Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.
“I’ve gotten really sick of fielding basic ‘trans 101’ questions that could be answered by spending 30 seconds on Google.On the tumblr ‘Trans Men of Grindr’ users post screenshots of conversations on gay apps to show some of the insensitive, unsupportive and downright hostile comments other users send to them spontaneously.It’s not a purely LGBT problem: trans users on Tinder have also spoken out about their problems--both signs that a larger education of what it is to be trans is needed to prevent users becoming Wikipedia pages rather than fully sexual and individual beings.Leapolitan responded by saying, “hopefully youll [sic] bite into a poison apple.”In July 2013, gay app Scruff’s newest update included a function that had been a longtime staple for websites like Gay Romeo or Gay.com: the ability to define yourself as any number of ‘communities,’ and also state which ones you sought in a partner.Grindr introduced the feature themselves in October the same year and called it ‘tribes.’ Among the options for ‘jock’, ‘poz’, ‘leather’ or ‘twink’ are options to identifiy ‘trans’/’transgender’ on Grindr and Scruff respectively.I just block ignorant guys now.”‘Transartist’ is just one of the many trans men using Grindr, Scruff, Mister or other gay dating apps.