Change.Org Petition Asks OkCupid To Expand Options For Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

Brooklyn web-user Ryley Pogensky has started a petition asking OkCupid to offer more options for users’ gender identity and sexual orientation.

Okcupid-logoPogensky explains:

With such a strong presence of queer, trans*, and poly folks utilizing OkCupid every day, it is extremely limiting on those members to have to fit such rigid gender and sexuality options. Trans* individuals for instance are forced to chose M or F and then Gay, Bisexual, or Straight. These binaries do not fit for all of us and you will see more often than not a paragraph (or more) in these profiles devoted to trying to explain who they are and questioning why OkCupid has yet to catch on. The time has come for OkCupid to take notice of all of its members.

Unlike Facebook’s expanded gender identity options which include 50 choices, Pogensky’s petition only asks that OkCupid expand its orientations to include straight, bisexual, gay, and queer and that its gender options include male, female and trans.

At the time of this post’s writing, Pogensky’s petition had 1,130 out of 1,500 signatures.

OkCupid showed its support for the gay community when it temporarily blocked access to its site from Mozilla’s Firefox in protest of Mozilla appointing anti-gay CEO Brendan Eich. Although it later came to light that OkCupid’s co-founder Sam Yagan had once made a campaign donation to an anti-gay politician, Yagan apologized for it.


  1. GregV says

    I think most trans people can be considered in the “male” category (like Chaz Bono) or the “female” one (like Laverne Cox). So not only does the third category of “trans” only help a subset of trans people to use their preferred label, but it also will still be exclusive of those people who would prefer a label other than “male,” “female” or “trans” (such as “Intersexed” or “neither male nor female.”
    My brother recently joined Plenty of Fish and I notice that their search cues people to search as a “male” or “female,” “looking for” either a “male” OR a “female.” I don’t know why it is so easy to leave height, weight, ethnic and other categories open to whatever variety is checked off but bisexual people have to close a “looking for male” search to start over a “looking for female” search.

    Of course, EHarmony is ridiculous, as (at least last time I looked at it) it would match up gay men with women and gay women with men.

  2. Daniel says

    Wow, why the transphobia?

    Also, many people identify as queer, especially in the younger generations. Stop trying to force your definitions of sexuality onto other people’s lives.

  3. Chip says

    Telling OKC you’re a gay male tells them to show you other gay men. Telling OKC you’re a straight female tells them to only show you straight men. What exactly would telling them you’re a “queer trans” actually accomplish?

    I suppose it would tell them not to limit whose profiles they show you, but how would those potential matches find you? I suppose this COULD work by simply allowing trans users to opt out of the binary system and only match with other trans people (but this would be a problem, no?). Especially since most trans people still identify as male or female–isn’t that the whole point of being trans?!

    Also, what exactly would the “queer” label signify? In practice, it seems like it would be identical to “bisexual” (i.e. would tell OKC to show you the profile of any person who is attracted to your gender/sex). Of course, in this context, “queer” seems like an inaccurate label. “Pansexual” would be better, but only in the case that they expand the gender/sex options beyond the binary.

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