Hustlers star Trace Lysette claims she was unjustly banned from Tinder hours after “getting back on the dating horse” and making a new profile.
Yesterday evening, Lysette tweeted a photo of her newly minted Tinder Gold profile, which she says was removed with no prior warning or explanation. Tinder Gold is one of the premium options of the popular dating app and costs users about $30 a month.
“Can’t help but wonder if it’s because I’m trans. I have heard many of my girlfriends explain how they have been banned too,” the actress and transgender advocate added, tagging the app’s official handle and asking, “What’s up?”
Can’t help but wonder if it’s because I’m trans. I have heard many of my girlfriends explain how they have been banned too. @Tinder what’s up? pic.twitter.com/9zOpBw63eF
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) September 18, 2019
Lysette is hardly the first trans person to allege unfair suspension from a dating app—and after she tweeted out her suspicions, the Transparent alum received an outpouring of support from other trans and gender nonconforming people, who corroborated with other accounts of being banned from Tinder for no apparent reason other than being trans.
Yeah, they have a habit of banning trans women & trans men. One of my current partners got banned from tinder, he’s trans masc. I doubt it was because they thought it was a fake profile. There are so many cis dudes who try that on there. Which is why I stopped using it.
— Angela -abortions for everyone!- (@_une_femme_) September 18, 2019
I was also banned from #Tinder because I openly said I was trans in my profile. I don’t know if they’ve changed their policies yet but it’s sad to think a site such as this still sees trans women as gay men and thinks we should be on @Grindr
— ShemaleAllison (@ShemaleAllison) September 19, 2019
Not long after Lysette’s original tweet, Tinder’s official Twitter account replied to her and asked to look into the issue.
Lysette later clarified that her account had been reinstated and thanked Tinder’s team for doing so.
Thank you for reinstating my profile. For those wondering I’m going to continue speaking with them about the larger issue for trans folks regarding this dilemma. I know everyone doesn’t have the luxury of just tweeting them and getting results.
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) September 19, 2019
“For those wondering I’m going to continue speaking with them about the larger issue for trans folks regarding this dilemma,” she added. “I know everyone doesn’t have the luxury of just tweeting them and getting results.”
Tinder purports to be trans-inclusive and has made efforts in the past to embrace its trans users. Back in 2016, the app expanded its gender options for users beyond just “male” and “female.” (Trans men and women had long reported being banned simply for being trans, ostensibly because their profiles were erroneously perceived as attempts to “catfish” potential matches.) Today, app’s interface boasts some 50 gender identity options and nine sexual orientation choices for users to choose.
“We recognize the transgender community faces challenges on Tinder, including being unfairly reported by potential matches, and work closely with organizations like GLAAD to constantly improve our practices,” a rep for the company told Out magazine in a statement.