Tinder, introduced The Museum of Queer Swipe Stories in partnership with Gaysi Family, to showcase LGBTQIA+ Swipe Stories. The Museum of Queer Swipe Stories, launched early this year, is a curated archival project that seeks to collect the many moods, experiences, and complexities of queer dating.
Tinder is always working to make it easier to connect with new people and to create a place where people everywhere can be who they are, and love who they love. With time they have consistently made strides towards bettering the product experience by expanding gender identities to be more inclusive for everyone, introducing sexual orientation so members have more say in how potential matches are ordered and Traveller alert which appears when the app is opened in countries that have laws criminalizing LGBTQIA+ status.
Tinder has facilitated same-sex matches from its inception but it is important to celebrate more than heteronormative narratives of finding connections. They are cognizant about the challenges and range of experiences LGBTQIA+ members face and want their app to be a safe space for their members to express themselves, find community and support online, and stay connected, especially during COVID-19. Taru Kapoor, GM-India, Tinder, and Match Group on Queer Swipe Stories said, “Through our work on the Tinder experience, partnering with Gaysi Family and the diversity of Queer Swipe Stories we continue to collect, we’ve learned binaries are limiting. With greater visibility of narratives from outside the binary, there is also greater acceptance.”
Founder of Gaysi Family, Sakshi Juneja on the partnership said, “Queer folks have rarely had a chance to engage in the popular idea of dating, friendship, and romance. Archiving these experiences that queer folks in desi communities have had is an important task- one that may lead to a better understanding of the nature of human connection and love, and how universal the experience of meeting someone new for the first time is.” The idea behind the initiative is to be able to curate a space where queer Indians from across different spectrums of gender, sexuality, age, location, and profession can find stories of people that have similar cultural and social locations. Queer Swipe Stories seeks to bridge that gap.
People have never had more access to a more diverse set of partners, companions, or life collaborators, to engage with in any way they choose, than on Tinder, and Queer Swipe Stories is an homage to these Matches, representation and the belief in possibility.