“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.

The app is struggling to combat the transphobic actions of some users.

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This includes instances when transgender users are reported by others, but haven’t violated any of our community standards.” Still, Tinder only offers two options for gender identification: male and female. But Tinder isn’t the only mainstream dating app that’s guilty of excluding trans people.

Hinge, another popular dating app, also only offers “woman” and “man” as gender options.

What seemed to be happening was that transphobic people on Tinder were reporting those transgender users on the app.

“Everyone is welcome on Tinder,” a Tinder spokesperson told Business Insider in June. If we find that a user has been wrongfully banned, then we unban their account.

Finding love using online dating apps and services can be tough, and even dangerous for anyone who’s not straight and cisgender (those who don’t identify as transgender).

Yes, there are apps for gay men, like Grindr and Scruff, and one for queer women called Her. Enter Thurst, a dating app for queer, trans and gender non-conforming people.

As long as you're not being rude and offensive, there is nothing wrong with wanting to know more.

If they are comfortable discussing those issues with you, it's an opportunity to widen your worldview!

Bromwell is currently trying to raise a seed round so that Thurst can hire a mobile designer.

Many transgender individuals face the possibility of being banned on Tinder for nothing other than being trans.

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.