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Thanks To Tinder's Partnership With GLAAD, You'll Soon Be Able To Include Your Sexual Orientation On Your Profile

How was this not already an option?

It’s Pride Month in the US, and to celebrate, Tinder has partnered with GLAAD to launch a new feature: the ability to include your sexual orientation on your profile.

Pretty soon, users will be able to edit their profiles to include up to three terms that help describe their sexual orientations, with Tinder offering a variety of terms for you to choose from.

You’ll also be able to choose to be shown people of the same orientation first, which I imagine will be particularly helpful for groups like bi people who don’t want to waste their time with biphobic people.

Tinder had previously introduced a wider range of ways to describe your gender in late 2016, allowing people who wanted to to go beyond the default options of ‘man’ and ‘woman’.

The 2016 changes, introduced in Australia last year, also allow users to choose which gender they show up in the results for, so if you’re non-binary but also a lesbian, you can choose to be shown to women looking for women while also being able to describe yourself precisely on your profile.

It’s a welcome change from Tinder, and one that I can’t believe wasn’t there from the start. Other, more niche dating apps, such as Her, have long had the option to include your orientation on your profile, so it’s great to see more mainstream apps introduce changes to become more inclusive.

My suggestion for their next update: a way to filter out the men who inevitably show up in search results even if your settings are women-only. Are they trying to trick queer women into swiping right on them? Is this approach successful? I have so many questions.

The Photos Of The First LGBTQ Weddings In Asia Will Brighten Your Day

Taiwan just made history by becoming the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage today.

Taiwan just became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage after passing the necessary legislation 66-27 last week. Now, the photos of the first couples to tie the knot following legalisation are here, and they’re guaranteed to make even the coldest hearts melt.

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan and Cynical Chick and Li Ying-Chien were some of the first couples to be legally wed earlier today, registering their marriages at the Household Registration Office in Shinyi District, Taipei.

Shane and Marc’s marriage was witnessed by activist Chi Chia-Wei, who was one of the first people in Taiwan to publicly come out as gay, and who has been campaigning for LGBTQ rights since the 1980s.

Chi told CNN:

“I have been preparing for this day to come, although it took a long while to happen … But I knew it would eventually come.”

Jennifer Lu, chief coordinator of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, told the ABC that Australian Yes campaigners “significantly strengthened the island’s fight for marriage equality”, adding that the Coalition’s social media campaign ‘What Love Has Taught Us’ was modelled on Australia’s Yes campaign.

Activists and members of the LGBTQ community across Asia are hoping this marks a turning point – that legalisation of same-sex marriage in Taiwan could encourage other governments to follow suit. Then again, it took Australia four years to legalise same-sex marriage after our closest neighbour and ally, New Zealand, did so in 2013.

Either way, this is a hard-won victory for Taiwan’s LGBTQ community, and they should feel proud of their tremendous and historic success.

If You're Staying In This Mardi Gras, These LGBT Shows Will Make You Feel Like You're There

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If parties and large crowds aren’t your thing and you’re planning on staying in for tonight’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. With these delightfully gay movies and TV shows, you’ll have all the fun of Mardi Gras with none of the hangover or glitter in unpleasant places.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Guess who’s back in the house for yet another season? All Stars only just ended, but Ru is already back with a brand new season and fourteen new queens (and one familiar face).

Episode one premiered on Stan yesterday, complete with an accompanying Untucked episode, and it’s a good ‘un. I won’t give too much away, but everyone’s favourite meme is back for round two, and the guest judge knows a thing or two about getting the Best of Both Worlds.

Pose

If reality shows aren’t your thing, check out Pose instead. Created by Ryan Murphy, it’s set in New York in the 80s and focuses on the city’s famous ball scene, where predominantly black and Latino gay men, drag queens and trans women laid the groundwork for things like RuPaul’s Drag Race. The amazing cast includes Billy Porter, who you may remember from his show-stopping red carpet moment at last week’s Oscars.

Kickin’ it old school

If you’re after something friendly and familiar, why not put on Will & Grace or The L Word? All seasons of both shows are available on Stan, including the Will & Grace reboot.

Netflix Originals

Netflix has been delivering some brilliant original shows with LGBT characters and storylines lately, including Sex Educationseason 3 of One Day At A Time, and season 5 of Grace & Frankie. 

If you’re in the mood for a show that reminds you of Skins, give Sex Education a go. Or, if you want something that’s heartwarming and family-friendly, try One Day At A Time. And if you want to watch gay icons Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin try and navigate life after their husbands divorced them to marry each other, watch Grace & Frankie. Any of these shows will keep you entertained for hours, and their representation of LGBT characters and narratives is some of the best on TV right now.

Keeping it real

If you’re in the mood for a documentary, check out Paris is Burningon Netflix, which is the documentary to watch if you want to learn about New York’s ball culture.

Or you can sit back and enjoy seasons one and two of Queer Eye ahead of season three’s release later this year.

Whatever you watch, make sure it’s as fabulous as you are, darlings. xoxo

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