Tinder has launched a new feature to protect its LGBTQ+ users when they travel abroad. With a reported 95 percent, of LGBTQ couples saying that they don’t feel comfortable showing affection while travelling abroad protecting their non-cis users on their holidays became a priority for the matchmaking app.
According to a statement by Tinder, the new Traveler Alert feature is a collaboration between the dating app and human rights group ILGA World. Using the organization’s data from their latest State-Sponsored Homophobia report, Tinder can send users alerts and safety tips based on their destination.
While there are quite a few LGBTQ-friendly countries in the world that could make for a great vacation, there are many destinations that either do not recognise the rights of these identities or actively outlaw them.
According to Tinder, “The Travel Alert feature will appear when users are either in a country that criminalizes LGBTQ status or using the app’s Passport feature to connect and match with people across the globe. Users who identify as LGBTQ on the app will be automatically hidden on Tinder in these countries as a safety precaution. Users may choose to make their profile public again if they wish, however, their sexual orientation and gender identity will not be available until they leave the area”.
That’s one fewer thing LGBTQ+ travellers need to worry about.