Internet dating site OKCupid offers expanded options to select group of members
Expanded sexual orientation options include asexual, questioning, sapiosexual
Gender category now has more than 20 options, including agender, cis man and more
The popular internet dating site is expanding options for members to choose in the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity, NewNowNext reported.
OKCupid did not publicly announce the changes, and the company did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. The news surfaced as users reported receiving a message from the company.
“You’re part of a select group with access to this feature,” the message read, according to NewNowNext. “Keep in mind as we continue to work on this feature: For now, editing your gender and orientation is only supported on the desktop site.”
The settings that most members see allowed them to choose “gay,” “straight” or “bisexual” as their sexual orientation. A screen shot on NewNowNext of the expanded options includes asexual, pansexual, questioning, demisexual, heteroflexible, homoflexible and sapiosexual.
Even more expansive are changes to gender, which used to be limited to man or woman. Now, the site offers 20 more options, including agender, cis man, non-binary and others.
Earlier this year, Facebook added a third “custom” gender option for people’s profiles. In addition to male or female, Facebook now lets U.S. users choose among some 50 additional options such as “transgender,” “cisgender,” “gender fluid,” “intersex” and “neither.” Users also now have the ability to choose the pronoun they’d like to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her, or the gender-neutral they/their.