OkCupid Expands Identity Options for LGBTQ+ Users

OkCupid Expands Identity Options for LGBTQ+ Users

OkCupid has always been exclusively inclusive, and we continue to optimize the app for all users. This Pride Month, we’re excited to announce that we’ve created a dedicated space where our LGBTQ+ users can choose from an expanded list of over 60 identities to signal to other users who they really are and how they identify.

OkCupid Expands Identity Options for LGBTQ+ Users
OkCupid Expands Identity Options for LGBTQ+ Users

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Daters will not only be able to select these identities so they can share more about themselves with others, but they can also use them to filter for the types of people and relationships they’re looking for by setting them as preferences when searching for a match. All identities will be available by the end of this month.

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This announcement follows our legacy of inclusivity. OkCupid was the first major dating app to give users a place to highlight their pronouns, leading to almost 2 million straight and queer users proudly displaying their pronouns on their dating profiles. We were also the first major dating app to expand gender and orientation options for users, and remain the only one to include in-app matching questions specifically for the LGBTQ+ community.

And today, we’re proud to announce the release these new identities for LGBTQ+ users (see below). Developed in consultation with staff and community experts, including the Human Rights Campaign — the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights organization — these will be in addition to the 22 gender options and 20 orientation options we currently have, now giving people over 60 identities for users to choose from.

  • Bear
  • Boi
  • Bottom
  • Butch
  • Drag king
  • Drag queen
  • Femme
  • Hard femme
  • High femme
  • Leather
  • Otter
  • Soft butch
  • Stone butch
  • Stone femme
  • Stud
  • Switch
  • Top
  • Twink
  • Versatile

“Safety and inclusivity on dating apps is important not only during Pride, but all year round,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President, Programs, Research & Training. “Allowing users to select from such a wide array of identity options will make many LGBTQ+ users feel more welcome on OkCupid, and will allow them to use the platform in a more authentic way.”

At OkCupid we aim to provide an accepting experience for everyone. Not only does the LGBTQ+ community make up an important and active set of our user base, but there are also millions of allies on our platform. We found that 7 in 10 people on OkCupid say it’s important to them that their match cares about the LGBTQ+ community — and 97% of all respondents support marriage equality. Expanding our list of identities for LGBTQ+ users is our way of showing our dedication to making the OkCupid app the best place for matching on what matters to you, no matter who you are or what you’re looking for.