Since its launch, OKCupid has been a 'go to' for young people looking to find a date. However, the admins of OKCupid have made it clear that Transgender people (Specifically Trans Women) are not welcome on their site. Throughout the years, hundreds of their site members have had their profiles closed and banned simply because they identify as Transgender.
Taking it a step further, OKCupid.com serves as host to countless Transphobic user quizes/tests. Using derogatory terms such as "shemale, ladyboy & tranny' members are asked to judge a woman's gender based on physical features. Below are just a few of the many quizes/tests that can be easily found by a simple google search.
THE OKCUPID HYPOCRICY:
In March of 2014, OKCupid led a boycott of web browser: Mozilla Firefox, for appointing a new CEO who donated $1,000 in support of California's anti-gay Proposition 8 in 2008. In their own words: "we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together." Later on in their boycott letter they claim: "Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."
Apparently, OKCupid reserves 'equality' for straight and gay people just as long as they don't identify as Transgender. Meanwhile, OKCupid promotes misery, shame and frustration every time they deny those (Trans People) who seek love on their dating site & whenever they allow content that is offensive to the Transgender community at large.
Unlike in their own petition, we do not wish OKCuid failure. Instead, we demand they stop removing the accounts and profiles of Transgender people, we also demand they remove all transphobic content from their website. Immediately.
Please stay tuned as I will post any and every update related to this petition. Also, I encourage you all to share this petition with your friends and family. Feel free to tell us your experience with OKCupid as a Transgender person in the space provided below.
- PARTIAL VICTORY 5/22/14: 72 hours ago, after contacting OKCupid Founder/CEO Sam Yagan, the 3 transphobic test/quizes we linked to on our petition were quietly removed from OKCupid's servers. Though we are grateful our voices were heard and actions were taken, we are saddened by what looks like an attempt to quietly sweep these issues under the rug. OKCupid MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR YEARS OF TRANSPHOBIC BEHAVIOR. We are calling for OKCupid to issue an official apology, and announce an inclusive policy, one that DOES NOT leave Transgender people behind in their quest for 'equality'. Please continue sharing this petition.
- Thank you
End your discrimination against Transgender users & remove all transphobic content from your site.
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