Tinder, the world’s leading social app for meeting new people, and GLAAD, the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, hosted an evening to celebrate Tinder’s commitment to inclusion, equality, and acceptance with its new features that improve the user experience for transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Trans activists, celebrities and other LGBTQ and tech influencers toasted the important update and reaffirmed their unwavering support for LGBTQ equality and acceptance in this post-election environment. The event showcased a life-size video installation featuring a powerful PSA-style video featuring Emmy Award-winning show Transparent producer Zackary Drucker, actor Trace Lysette, writer Lady J, and Strut star Laith Ashley who shared their dating experiences to help shape the update.


Notable attendees included:

Troye Sivan (singer/songwriter)

Sean Rad (CEO, Tinder)

Zackary Drucker (Producer, ‘Transparent’)

Yasmine Petty (model)

Carmen Carrera (model)

Lina Bradford (DJ and model)

Munroe Bergdorf (DJ and model)

Lauren Foster (model)

Nick Adams (GLAAD)

Andrea James (trans activist)

Drew Elliott (PAPER)

Douglas Friedman (photographer)

Ian Mellencamp (model/musician)

Sophie Auster (singer/songwriter)

TK Wonder (Urban Bush Babes)

Ankur Jain (Tinder)


Wednesday, November 16th

Skylight Clarkson Square

550 Washington Street, NYC



About Tinder

Launched in 2012, Tinder is the world’s leading social app for meeting new people. With its global reach, people in all 196 countries around the world are swiping right to connect with others, making it a top 10 lifestyle app in more than 110 countries. In 2015, the company introduced Tinder Plus, giving users access to premium features, Rewind and Passport. Each day, 26 million matches are made on Tinder with more than 20 billion matches made to date.


GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

Photos by: Megan Thomas (Team Factory) 

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