“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.“Our main focus is pretty much security and safety,” said Bromell.“We’re really working on harassment policies to create features that protect users from being tracked or stalked, or being put in a dangerous situation when they meet in person.Getting started is free and easy, as is finding like-minded singles in and around any zip code.No need to waste time on long surveys either: just a couple questions and the app will start working its magic for you.They offer individual counselling and group counselling along with their BOYOBOY program which is a biweekly, drop-in workshop series for younger gay/bi/queer/trans males.Canada’s only classroom for LGBTI2Q Youth Grades 9–12.
This full-time TDSB program offers you the structure, support and a community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender peers to obtain your high school education.
I’ve reached out to both Tinder and Hinge about safeguards for trans people using their apps and why they don’t offer other ways for people to express their genders.
I’ll update this story if I hear back from Tinder and Hinge.
They host monthly networking events, a conference in September, and a career fair.
CTYS’ Pride and Prejudice Program offers unique programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, transsexual and questioning youth under 25.