While there are no apps specifically for trans dating in the English capital, there are a couple catering to the UK market. This is good news for members of the trans community as even in the UK, a lot of people remain intolerant of transgender singles. According to a 2018 study, almost 90% of people who are actively dating would not consider going out with a trans person. The respondents included queer, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans people, all of whom shared this unfortunate prejudice.
This is why three progressive groups of people joined efforts and created the apps Transdr, Teadate, and Thurst.
Pegging itself as the alternative to Tinder for the trans community, this app hopes to make the dating scene a better place for its members. Sean Kennedy, who co-founded the site, describes the app as a new place for transsexual persons looking for a serious relationship to meet someone. In a way not unlike Tinder, this app lets users swipe right and left on each other.
Critics will point out the road to hell is paved with good intentions: Transdr has been accused of being transphobic itself because of poor word choice on the app’s Apple store landing page. Terms such as “dating shemales in London”, “trannies in Manchester”, and the like are said to have been used. The creators apologized for this, explaining the terms were used for SEO purposes. Whatever the case may be, over 6,000 people have registered on the app in the (so far) brief period of its existence.
On Teadate, members can use a search feature to narrow their preferences, enabling them to discover other members they might be interested in. You can log in to Teadate via Facebook or email. Check the app’s site if you have issues with this. They will ask you weather you logged in via Facebook or email, what your Facebook user ID is if the former, and whether you use iPhone or Android, among other things.
The makers of Thurst describe it as “a dating app for queer people of all genders.”