Any trans woman who doesn’t want to end up like Gwen Araujo may justifiably decide to err on the side of caution.
But if you don’t want to flirt with strangers in real life, the only other option is to flirt with them online, and that’s not much better.
But while transmasculine folks are well served by the app’s devotion to guy-on-guy action, it’s far less palatable to exist there as a transfeminine person.
Even if a perfect trans dating app never arrives, we’ll take what we can get — because between you and me, our romantic options are not exactly plentiful.
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Until recently, online dating was relentlessly heteronormative, with only two gender options.
Trans people were forced to out themselves in the first lines of their biographies or risk being called liars or frauds, still a common occurrence on apps like OKCupid and Tinder, which aren’t fully equipped to accommodate trans identities; Tinder, for instance, allows trans people to identify as male or female for the purposes of search results, but has no idea how to accommodate nonbinary people.