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Most dating platforms are trans-exclusive or not safe enough for marginalized members of the queer community.
But for many queer people, especially those of ethnic minorities, dating can be much more complicated.
Deer and data analyst Morgen Bromell says, while dating apps are slowly making efforts to combat this problem, they are slow to react to the needs of the marginalized. So, rather than wait for them, they set out to be the solution.
Morgen is the CEO and founder of Thursta dating app for queer people of all genders. Creating Thurst was far from an ordinary de job for Morgen; unlike other work they had done, the purpose for Thurst was highly personal. To protect users from harassment, Thurst has a simple feature that makes it very easy to block and unblock other users.
Thurst has always centered and prioritized trans and non-binary folks — especially black and brown trans women. To ensure this feeling to safety and security remains the case, Thurst has a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, whatsoever.
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It also prioritizes privacy in ways other dating apps do not — all information is encrypted and inaccessible to third-parties and marketing agencies. This decision ensures those members of the queer community who feel at danger in the greater world around them are protected from any outside sources that may make them feel exposed.
Since launching, Morgen says Thurst has received tons of feedback from people who have felt, for the first time, that they had an thurst dating app platform where they could be themselves. Their mission is to help remove the pressure that society has put on people, especially tied to their physical bodies. Developing something so deeply impactful for queer and trans people has made them realize it is their job to make this world more inclusive and accepting of all bodies, genders, sexualities, and expressions.
Patrick is a writer, editor, and award-winning journalist specializing in articles, blog posts, and videos that support creative tools. At the helm of his own agency, he creates and coordinates content, community, and communications in the technology, de, and video game sectors.
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